In Canada Is It ‘Hello’ Or ‘Bonjour’?

Some people are looking for any excuse to make money through compensation claims these days, but this is one of the worst. Canada as we all know is a duel language country, i.e. English and French, and as you would expect, most people speak both. However, one French speaker and his wife actually sued Air Canada because flight attendants did not speak to them in French.

Compensation Clown

Compensation Clown

Michel and Lynda Thibodeau took Air Canada to court claiming damages because the crew did not respect their right to be served food and drink in their mother tongue i.e. French. I mean really, this is so bizarre as to be comical. Although both were fluent in English, Mr Thibodeau said the airline employees were: “malicious, oppressive and reprehensible” just because they did not speak to them in French. They also claimed staff spoke to them in English while they were booking in.

Air CanadaThey took the airline to court and were initially awarded £8,000 in damages under Canada’s Official Languages Act. But the story does not end there.

Flight Crew

Flight Crew

The airline appealed the decision in the Canadian Supreme Court and won. The judge ordered that the airline must officially apologise to the couple and did not have to pay the compensation.

An Ottowa Bus Driver

An Ottowa Bus Driver

The Thibodeau’s, described as French language ‘extremists’, have tried to get compensation on numerous occasions, one time against the Ottawa Bus Company when a bus driver greeted them with ‘Hello’ instead of ‘Bonjour’ when they boarded a bus.

It seems to me that if they want to be spoken to in French all day every day perhaps they should move to France. I wonder if they would sue an English speaking tourist who asked them the way to the Louvre?

Roy.

2 Responses to “In Canada Is It ‘Hello’ Or ‘Bonjour’?”

  1. Funny thing the reverse doesn’t work. I spent time in Quebec City and stayed on a concierge floor. EVERY FREAKING MORNING the concierge would only speak French to me even though the two knew I was a Yank & English only.

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    • Hi Alfie, welcome back.
      Typical isn’t it. I guess you could try and get some compensation on that one. If you do – Good Luck
      Best Regards,
      Roy.

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