Canada’s deputy prime minister has written to Air Canada’s board of administrators, urging that its CEO enhance his French and that his data of the language be included in his annual efficiency assessment.
Chrystia Freeland can also be asking that data of French ought to change into an necessary criterion for securing promotions on the airline, which is topic to the Official Languages Act.
Freeland despatched the letter to Vagn Sorensen, chairman of the airline’s board of administrators, following controversy raised by CEO Michael Rousseau’s principally English speech to the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal final week.
Rousseau had informed reporters after his speech he had been too busy to study French and mentioned he had not had bother residing in English in Quebec for 14 years.
Freeland expressed the federal authorities’s “disappointment” with Rousseau’s feedback and argued it was “totally inconsistent with the corporate’s dedication to each official languages that has been in place for many years.”
She additionally mentioned the board of administrators ought to conduct a assessment of its insurance policies and practices regarding the airline’s use of French and will make these outcomes public.
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