January 18, 2017

Trudeau refuses to speak English during town hall, answers question about English-language mental health services in FRENCH

StaffRebel Columnist

During a town hall meeting in Sherbrooke, Quebec on Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau refused to speak English.

According to The Ottawa Sun, despite being asked several questions in English, he said that because he was in Quebec, he would be speaking French. Even when one question was about English-language mental health services, he chose to respond in French.

As the Ottawa Sun report points out, “According to the most recent data from Statistics Canada, about 42% of the approximately 200,000 people in the Sherbrooke area are bilingual, able to speak and understand both official languages.”

Trudeau has admitted he could have responded in English. “I maybe could have answered partly in English and partly in French and, on reflection, it would have been a good thing to do,” he said. “I understood that the meeting would be in French. From now on, I will make sure to have more bilingualism, regardless of where I am in the country.”

If you end up seeing Trudeau speak French half of the time he's in Vancouver, you now know why.

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commented 2017-01-19 15:56:16 -0500
When he lisps in English it makes my skin crawl….it is like unwanted advances from a gay man. For some reason I cannot quite fathom he doesn’t seem to lisp in French….makes me wonder about whoever tutored him in English.

I saw his father’s place in Outremont back in the early 1970’s. It must have had about 30 rooms. You could keep a mistress there without your wife finding out. All of the kids in Outremount were raised to be perfectly bilingual . This gave the Outremont kids a clear advantage for mandarin positions in the bureaucracy. But nobody in Outremont, liberal or otherwise would have ever considered snubbing someone in that manner.

Even Reg Chartrand of Les Chevaliers D’Independance was never THAT rude. Just after the rise of the Parti Quebecois Reg became manager/bouncer of a pub in Old Montreal called La Cave de la Quinze Novembre (the date the PQ won their first election) . He once said to me and the anglophones I was sitting with “The Englishman come to da Frenchmen cuntree and tell da Frenchman where to go shit”…I asked him if that was why the street where Montreal’s Chinatown was located was called “Rue de la Go Shit Dare” (La Gauchetiere)….it cracked him up……:-)
commented 2017-01-19 02:53:26 -0500
The french language policy is oppressive.
commented 2017-01-18 19:42:05 -0500
Just proves that Prime Ministers from Quebec are not actually the best, as Justin was keen to point out… Ezra, play that clip one more time!
commented 2017-01-18 19:08:05 -0500
His permanently condescending tone when speaking isn’t enough proof for you Liza?
commented 2017-01-18 17:56:17 -0500
There are many if not most Quebecer’s in Quebec who speak only French. There are some Anglo’s who speak only English. Been there for a century plus and are only English speaking. Many if not most of either population are bilingual and have both languages.

Any Quebecer who lives outside of the province of Quebec speaks English like the rest of Canada so it is only logical for Justin to speak BOTH when in Quebec, and ONLY English in the rest of the country. If he wastes my time speaking French in Vancouver or Calgary he is only doing it to give us the finger in my opinion, and if he does so he will only be proving to me once again what an arrogant little prick he is.
commented 2017-01-18 15:35:34 -0500
When you have gangerine on you, you cut it off…
Quebec, let them go…
They are so good let them go on their own already
commented 2017-01-18 14:58:50 -0500
Support Brad Trost for our effort to realign Canada with common sense and normalcy.
commented 2017-01-18 13:58:46 -0500
This is an example of why Maxime Bernier would be a terrible choice for leader of the Conservative Party. Canada is not a separate country from Quebec but Quebec politicians see Canada as subservient to Quebec. The damage Trudeau is doing to Canada must be corrected by a western Canadian leader with a balanced outlook.
commented 2017-01-18 13:46:04 -0500
Way to get most of Canada pissed off. What a total dipshit.
commented 2017-01-18 12:45:34 -0500
Born and raised in Ottawa and he doesn’t know better than this?
Every day it seems we have a new answer to the question “How dumb can you get?”
commented 2017-01-18 12:35:02 -0500