April 24, 2015

Ordering 7-UP in French is a Charter Right: Dion

Brian LilleyArchive

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.


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commented 2015-04-28 17:31:09 -0400
This greedy idiot took this to court? He should have been laughed down from the beginning. Dion….wow. These are the people Liberal voters look up to. Dion was bad enough…..Trudeau really sets the bar low.
commented 2015-04-28 05:59:12 -0400
So this is a burning and urgent issue to Liberals? Remember how he was touted as a great potential PM for this country? I do! Remember how according to the Liberals, it was Harper with a hidden agenda, yet now we see all the while, it is the Liberals who have one. It’s an agenda that most french speaking Canadians shake their heads in disbelief and disgust.
commented 2015-04-24 19:15:19 -0400
Hmmm, how to order a 7-up in French. As 7-up is a brand name, it would be something like “donnez-moi un 7-up, s’il vous plait” or simply “un 7-up, svp”. Geez Louise.

Hey Dion:

On the other side of France
Where the ladies wear no pants
And the men wear glasses
To see the ladies …

Seriously? Bill C -666? And the angel of death ordered you to 7-up off the stage.
commented 2015-04-24 18:01:47 -0400
I agree with a previous post – this is only to bring the issue back during the election to try and hurt Harper in Quebec.
I’m French and this is ridiculous.
I am saddened to see that politics is ALL about these games. The voter turn out will he lower and lower…
commented 2015-04-24 14:47:11 -0400
OMG!! The stupidity never ends.
commented 2015-04-24 14:42:19 -0400
Wayne — especially since this Charter that Dion refers to is the one that Quebec is said to have never signed in the first place…
commented 2015-04-24 14:39:07 -0400
There is no such thing as a fair trial before a Human Rights Commission, but ordering a 7-up in french is supposed to be a charter right. Sounds like it is a pretty lousy charter.
commented 2015-04-24 14:30:35 -0400
Now, what type of french are we talking about, the proper spoken in France or the the different ones inQuebec
commented 2015-04-24 14:07:06 -0400
What’s the big deal?(Quest ’ca didley doo?) It just wouldn’t fly. C-666, clearly is the devils work.(666)
commented 2015-04-24 12:29:33 -0400
Quest ’ca didley doo?
commented 2015-04-24 12:26:43 -0400
“this snivelling little mouse of a man was the leader of the Federal Liberals, and, had a crack at being PM. Imagine.” That is just what I was thinking Jamie. We may find out, if Justin gets in (minus the perm). Heck we could all be forced to ask and receive in both languages in every province in the country,for everything. Merde! Justin is an ot dog! Look out.
commented 2015-04-24 11:58:20 -0400
I remember hitchhiking to Expo 67. I also remember ordering a “chien chaud” at a kiosk there. The people around me thought it was hilarious-" We say ’ot dog." PC was not in fashion at the time.
commented 2015-04-24 10:39:00 -0400
“Dion introduced bill C-666 in the Commons on Thursday with the goal of extending language rights to Air Canada’s international flights.”
Dion – quit politics and go home – no one cares about you french crap that is designed to make trouble. Quebecers must be getting tired of being used as pawns to drive liberal stupidity.
commented 2015-04-24 10:38:17 -0400
Fortunately, the Conservatives have a majority, and this bill will be quashed. Being served in French is NOT a Charter right. If the politicians of Quebec want to keep their French, then they should never leave their province. Ever.
commented 2015-04-24 10:37:48 -0400
guaranteeing french jobs, smart man
commented 2015-04-24 09:49:46 -0400
“Cervesa por favor dos equis”….learn that simple phrase in Spanish and you will not die of thirst anywhere in the Western Hemisphere…other than Quebec of course, there you must learn at least one word of french vocabulary “cinquante”…..:-)

Part of the rot in the public service is the role bilingual requirement and testing plays in career management. And make no mistake if you are an anglophone in Quebec (as I was at the time the Parti Quebecois came to power and the first referendum) it matters not how fluent your french ever becomes there is a DNA test to determine wether or not you are a worthy Quebecer.

Dion is just doing this because he knows it hasn’t got a hope in Hell of being passed and that gives the Quebec Liberals something to spit at Harper in the coming election….steal his thunder and pass the damned thing.
commented 2015-04-24 09:22:32 -0400
Given Shiny Pony’s tight hold exercised over his betters, perhaps it was thought Dion should be given this important mission to ensure it was a talking point during the upcoming election.
commented 2015-04-24 09:14:15 -0400
Quebec should hold another referendum.
commented 2015-04-24 08:39:42 -0400
As a commenter over on the Canadian Landowner Alliance noted, this snivelling little mouse of a man was the leader of the Federal Liberals, and, had a crack at being PM. Imagine.