Originally posted on National Post | News:
There probably aren’t a lot of days when Toronto Transit Commission CEO Andy Byford can think to himself, “Hey, at least I’m not that guy.” Last Friday was one of them.
It was then that Montreal radio station CJAD 800 reported that a transit employee at STM, the city’s TTC analogue, had been suspended for the third time for refusing to speak English to a customer. While STM refused to discuss an internal discipline matter, CJAD reported that this was the third time this particular employee has been disciplined for this. Prior media coverage of the employee had shown him sitting inside his ticket-taking booth, with a homemade sign taped to the glass announcing, “Au Québec c’est en français que ça se passe!”
For those whose high school French classes may be but a distant memory, that translates to, “In Quebec, we do things in French.” That’s untrue, of course. “We do things in French” is far more a bigoted expression of preference than a statement of fact.