LONGUEUIL MAYOR WANTS ENGLISH BANNED - ONE MORE STEP TOWARD GHETTO QUEBEC
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The mayor of Longueuil did not mince words in a Facebook post about whether or not there should be English spoken at Longueuil council meetings."
What irritates me about the opposition leader, and the president of the Greenfield Park borough, is that he insists on making Longueuil council bilingual," she wrote on Tuesday morning.
"It's simply a matter of common sense and respect: 96 per cent of the population of Longueuil understand French. There is no need to systematically translate everything to English when he speaks under the pretense that he wants to be understood by the general population."
She went on to say that the city of Longueuil is not a bilingual administration, and she will keep it French-only as long as she's the mayor.
"We are in Quebec and council meetings MUST happen in French," she wrote.
St-Hilaire finished by wishing everyone a happy St-Jean Baptiste day.
Responding to Robert Myles
Greenfield Park borough president and Opposition leader Robert Myles translates everything he says at Longueuil council meetings.
"The city of Longueuil is a French city, so whenever I get up to do my interventions I always start in French. When I finish whatever I'm doing in French, I start in English," Myles told CBC Daybreak on Monday.
His use of English isn't always appreciated, though.
Longueuil at a glance
Population of Longueuil: 230,000.
96 per cent understand French.
3 per cent understand English only.
1 per cent don't understand French or English.
Source: 2011 Canadian census
He said some councillors and Longueuil mayor Caroline St-Hilaire have commented on his use of English, saying that Longueuil has a French-language status — meaning that councillors are only supposed to speak French during city council meetings.
A Longueuil city council member's use of English at council meetings has irked some of his colleagues at city hall. (Radio-Canada)
Then at the May 12 council meeting, Myles spoke for 18 minutes - about 16 minutes longer than his counterparts.
The length of his bilingual speeches irks some of his colleagues, but Myles doesn't think he's being excessive.