Commissioner notes an “exceptional year” for official languages

Commissioner notes an “exceptional year” for official languages

By Gordon Lambie

Raymond Théberge, Canada’s Commissioner of Official Languages, presented his 2021-22 annual report on Tuesday highlighting, among other things, an exceptionally high number of complaints received by his office.

“It’s one of these years where a couple of things have happened that have meant that there is a lot of conversation around official languages,” Théberge said explaining that of the 5,409 admissible complaints received, 1,346 were about the federal government’s appointment of a Governor General who is not fluent in French, and 2,680 were about the speech given in English to a Montréal audience by Air Canada’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Even without these two situations, however, the commissioner said that the number of complaints would still have been above average.

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