Originally posted on National Post | News:

QUEBEC — The head of Quebec’s French language watchdog has resigned following a series of embarrassing controversies.

The departure of Louise Marchand, president of the Office Quebecois de la langue francaise, was confirmed by the PQ government Friday morning.

Marchand’s exit follows a series of news stories that have drawn considerable ridicule upon the agency — in Quebec, the rest of Canada, and even abroad.

An Italian restaurant was ordered to remove the word “pasta” from its menu two weeks ago, while similar reports have surfaced repeatedly in recent days.

Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

Graham Hughes/The Canadian Press

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A public-relations nightmare involving pasta has pushed the Quebec government to re-examine its recipe for handling alleged violations of the province’s language law.

Stories about overzealous employees of the provincial language watchdog have multiplied in recent days…

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