Do you know how to say 7-UP in French?
According to Liberal MP, and former party leader, Stephane Dion being able to order and receive a 7-UP in French on a plane is a Charter right that must be protected and extended beyond Canada's borders.
Dion introduced bill C-666 in the Commons on Thursday with the goal of extending language rights to Air Canada's international flights.
Despite being sold off by the federal government in 1988, Air Canada remains subject to the Official Languages Act.
But when Michel Thibodeau, a federal government employee and French language rights activist, took his case all the way to the Supreme Court he lost.
In a ruling issues last October the high court said that even though Thibodeau's French language rights were violated -- he complained that he ordered a 7-UP in French but was served in English and given a Sprite -- there could be no damages because it was an international flight.
The court cited the Montreal Convention, an international agreement signed in 1999 and implemented in 2001, as the reason the airline was not on the hook for damages.
Thibodeau had sought $500,000 in his original suit and was awarded $12,000 by a lower court before losing at the Supreme Court.
In introducing his C-666, Dion said that it is about protecting all rights.
"The bill I wish to have passed by Parliament is entitled An Act to amend the Carriage by Air Act [fundamental rights]. It amends the Carriage by Air Act to specify that the Act does not have the effect of infringing the fundamental rights guaranteed by the Official Languages Act and the Canadian Human Rights Act," Dion said in a statement.
The bill is the first introduced by Dion this Parliamentary session.
Given the looming election this fall and short timeline until Parliament rises for the summer it is unlikely to pass.