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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