Supreme Court to hear case of couple who sued Air Canada for not being able to order a 7Up in French

Originally posted on National Post | News:

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear the appeal of a couple who sued Air Canada when they weren’t able to order a 7Up in French.

Michel and Lynda Thibodeau filed eight complaints with the official languages commissioner over the English-only services they say they received from Air Canada during trips taken between January and May, 2009.

The Federal Court awarded the couple $12,000 in compensation for the times Air Canada did not serve them in French.

Air Canada was also ordered to apologize to the Thibodeaus.

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But the Federal Court of Appeal set aside the lower court’s judgment and reduced the amount of money awarded to the couple.

As is its custom, the Supreme Court did not provide reasons for its decision.

In 2000, Thibodeau was refused service in French when he tried to order a 7Up from a unilingual English flight attendant…

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