Air Canada CEO apologizes to Quebecers, pledges to improve his French
Air Canada’s president and CEO is apologizing for feedback he made about not needing to study French to get by in Montreal.
Michael Rousseau says he’s dedicated to bettering his French and didn’t imply any disrespect towards Quebecers.
His assertion Thursday comes after Quebec Premier François Legault demanded he apologize for saying he had not discovered converse French regardless of dwelling in Quebec for 14 years.
Legault informed reporters at this time on the COP26 local weather talks in Scotland that the airline’s board of administrators ought to take into account whether or not Rousseau needs to be on the head of Air Canada.
Following a speech Wednesday nearly solely in English to the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal, Rousseau informed reporters he didn’t have time to study French and was centered on transferring Air Canada ahead after the COVID-19 pandemic.
After heated criticism in native media, Rousseau provided a mea culpa.
“I wish to make it clear that under no circumstances did I imply to point out disrespect for Quebecers and Francophones throughout the nation,” Rousseau’s assertion learn. “I apologize to those that have been offended by my remarks.”
Legault says he watched the video of Rousseau’s feedback to reporters and located it “insulting,” including that the CEO displayed a scarcity of respect to Air Canada’s French-speaking staff.
“It makes me offended, his perspective, to say that he’s been in Quebec for 14 years and he didn’t must study French,” Legault mentioned. “It’s unspeakable; it shocks me.”
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