My take: By Geoff Agombar

The format of a My Take is 150 words – no more, no less – to express an opinion on a different topic each week. The topic this week was: Air Canada’s CEO

“No man is an island,” wrote John Donne. Montreal is though! Apparently, the new CEO of Air Canada wants to be one, too.
The interests of Canada’s francophone minorities and Quebec’s anglophone minority are both attacked by Mr. Rousseau’s flip declarations.
Francophones through his obvious lack of perspective or humility. Anglophones through his clownish embodiment of the worst stereotypes about us.
There exist unilingual anglophones in Quebec whose interests, access and rights must be defended. There exist bilingual anglophones in Quebec whose rights to certain services in the official language of their choice must be defended.
Mr. Rousseau’s self-absorption, self-satisfaction and complete obliviousness to the toll others would have to pay once those bells were rung are a disservice to minority anglophones and francophones alike.
Donne continued “any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind.” The same may be said of ignorance.

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