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Should Couple Receive $13,000 Because Canadian Airline Didn't Speak French?

News 2011/07/19 20:02:56
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We totally understand being proud of your heritage and the language you speak, but when money and lawsuits enter the equation we have to wonder if maybe the issue has gone a little overboard.

The Daily Mail reports that a Canadian couple sued Air Canada for not greeting them in their native French.

And the best part? They actually won.

Mr Thibodeau had sued Air Canada for £350,000 for breach of the Official Languages Act, under which Air Canada must communicate and provide services in English and French.

But a Canadian federal court ordered the airline to pay the couple £7,850 in damages and apologise.


Since America doesn't have a secondary language, like Canada does with French, it's difficult to put the issue into its proper perspective. However, from where we're sitting, we're pretty blown away by the court's decision to grant them anything more than a French apology. Desole.

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  • zombie duck hugs612 2011/08/09 05:11:24
    Uh, no
    zombie duck hugs612
    No way! i don't like french language, accents, customs,apparel, or cuisine! as far as cultures go, frace is at the bottom of my list, so why would i think people should be punished for not brining more frenchness into the world?
  • Son of thunder 2011/08/05 19:58:46
    Uh, no
    Son of thunder
    Not hardly! Tell them to get a life, in another country!
  • Pin Head 2011/07/22 08:55:04
    Uh, no
    Pin Head
    I would've thought that the French would've surrendered the lawsuit
  • pinksgirlygirl 2011/07/22 01:00:56
    Uh, no
    pinksgirlygirl
    but i hear parts of canada speak more french than english.
  • Aspect of B 2011/07/21 15:50:30
    Uh, no
    Aspect of B
    +1
    Jesus. This is more stupid than the hot coffee thing way back when.
  • AlizeRay Aspect ... 2011/07/22 05:13:57
    AlizeRay
    at least with the hot coffee someone actually got 'hurt'
  • Aspect ... AlizeRay 2011/07/22 14:49:56
    Aspect of B
    Well, yeah, but that's like suing someone because you bit your tongue. You'll survive.
  • Karl 2011/07/21 09:01:59
    Uh, no
    Karl
    Quatsch! If you don't know what that means, go on Google Translate. With that being said, there is a law, so the airlines should pay. Nonetheless, it still sounds frivolous. I'm kinda glad that America has no official languages now.
  • Mikki_14 2011/07/21 02:11:43
    Uh, no
    Mikki_14
    +1
    Are you f'ing kidding me. Now I have to go through & see which dumb @$$e$ actually said yes.
  • nat75 2011/07/21 00:55:38
    Uh, no
    nat75
    +3
    i said no, but im a little surprised at the ignorance here. in canada we have 2 official languages and in places like airlines, court, hospitals they are supposed to be able to speak both. and in quebec which is a province in canada the majority by far speak french. so everyone here both english and french speak french and it would really be considered rude if someone only spoke english to you (from airline, hospital, etc...)imagine if you were only spoken to in spanish (though not the same situation i know since it isnt an official language)
  • pinksgi... nat75 2011/07/22 01:02:28
    pinksgirlygirl
    +1
    yes, ive heard about this . my parents lived in quebec many years ago and couldnt speak to alot of the locals. they missed out on alot.
  • davidl 2011/07/21 00:33:16
    Uh, no
    davidl
    Probably more to it then that, but frankly I don't care. Canadians deserve each other ;)
  • grok70 2011/07/20 21:03:23
    Yes
    grok70
    They broke the law. When you do that you pay.
  • -Debora... grok70 2011/07/21 14:59:41
    -DeborahTeSelle
    There is a LAW in Canada that states one must greet all french speaking people in french? If so, that is a stupid law! How does one know that they speak french in first place?
  • grok70 -Debora... 2011/07/21 15:11:53
    grok70
    Because of their crossed eyes and their berrets of course
  • Gray Pilgrim 2011/07/20 20:54:48
    Uh, no
    Gray Pilgrim
    +3
    If they get money for this , then can we sue Obama because he does not speak truth?
  • DreamSpeaker 2011/07/20 19:38:46
    Uh, no
    DreamSpeaker
    +2
    How totally ridiculous. However, I think I may move to Canada and get some money.
  • nat75 DreamSp... 2011/07/21 00:47:41
    nat75
    how will you get money, we speak english here, probably they learned from their french mistake
  • DreamSp... nat75 2011/07/21 16:18:36
    DreamSpeaker
    I was joking, silly.
  • nat75 DreamSp... 2011/07/21 17:13:45
    nat75
    oh too bad we can always use new people, but why would you want to move to canada when you live in florida lol
  • DreamSp... nat75 2011/07/21 17:48:08
    DreamSpeaker
    +1
    Hey, it gets hot here, plus, our governor is a crook. He is the ex-CEO of a local hospital where he stole mucho dollars and ran it into the ground was involved in medicaid fraud and is under investigation by the FBI. But, I doubt anything will happen to him, he has too much protection. (He always looks like he has been snorting coke or smoking crack, the bug eyed republican fool!) But, be careful, my Canadian friend, your country isn't safe either.
  • nat75 DreamSp... 2011/07/21 18:16:59
    nat75
    +1
    why did he get elected?and why is my country not safe?
  • DreamSp... nat75 2011/07/21 19:15:47
    DreamSpeaker
    I was talking about the political aspects of safety. Canadian politicians have been hand-holding with American politicians for some time now, and the behind the scene goings on are just as underhanded as what goes on here. It all ties in with the NWO crap. You must have noticed how our politicians make regular visits with the leaders of other countries on a continual basis, and that includes Canada. We are all, the world over, in jeopardy of a worldwide take over.
  • pinksgi... nat75 2011/07/22 01:05:29
    pinksgirlygirl
    +1
    he got elected because people are stupid. i lived in tennessee when he was CEO of the healthcare company. when i saw he was running for governor of florida, i just about died. i cant stand all these people coming to my state and telling me what to do. lets close the borders and become our own country.!!! lol
  • DreamSp... pinksgi... 2011/07/22 02:03:37
  • pinksgi... DreamSp... 2011/07/22 02:08:03
    pinksgirlygirl
    sometimes i wish i could move because im soooo disappointed in this state, between the politicians, the crazies, and the killers, what chance do we have???!!!!
  • DreamSp... pinksgi... 2011/07/22 15:14:16 (edited)
    DreamSpeaker
    No matter where you go you will find the same thing. Figure out what frightens you most and learn how to fight it. Fear makes you weak and therefore vulnerable. Know your enemy!
  • J 2011/07/20 18:02:02
    Uh, no
    J
    +1
    If a country has 2 official languages, then I think is appropriate for them to speak in the language most used. It is a courtesy to use the other language.
    If we don't watch our own nation (US) we will spend 3 hours on the tarmac with flight attendants just greeting passengers.
  • nat75 J 2011/07/21 00:50:21
    nat75
    if it was in quebec( i dont know where they were flying from) then the majority of the population speaks french there
  • bricklyn J 2011/07/21 05:12:32
    bricklyn
    +2
    Canada has just as many different nationalities of immigrants as the US does. The only issue here is that Canada does have 2 official languages. We will not be adding any others to that list. That being said, many of us are not happy with the French language laws and the force being used to dictate it to the rest of Canada. The French have cost Canadians a lot of money due to the French language issue and many others. They do get special treatment here and it is a source of much resentment.
  • Gloria 2011/07/20 17:44:15
    Uh, no
    Gloria
    +3
    I have flown in Quebec many times years ago. You cannot believe the fights when the flight attendants gave the safety info in French first. People shot, "Speak English! It's the national language." I saw no problem since the flights were in Quebec. Of course I am not Canadian so it's really not my business.
    I love the French language but $13,000 or 13 cents, either way, it's just stupid.
  • JCD aka... Gloria 2011/07/20 20:36:49
    JCD aka "biz"
    Why you want zat we spick ze english?
  • bricklyn JCD aka... 2011/07/21 05:14:44
    bricklyn
    If you are going to t ry using the English language, at least try to spell it correctly.
  • JCD aka... bricklyn 2011/07/21 13:30:03
    JCD aka "biz"
    I spell it like we pronounce it. BTW, English was pronounced in a rational way before your "Great Vowel Shift".
  • Gloria JCD aka... 2011/07/21 12:16:23
    Gloria
    +1
    I don't care either way. I just don't understand why people shout at each other when a plane is flying in Quebec where French is more common. I found it mean & thoughtless. Back to the couple. They are greedy.
  • PoliticallyIncorrect 2011/07/20 17:40:55
    Uh, no
    PoliticallyIncorrect
    +3
    So, Mr. Thibodeau learned his economics from Americans who have sued to get everything they can for no labor and no merits. It looks like crap floats in a northerly direction too.
  • bricklyn Politic... 2011/07/21 05:15:31
    bricklyn
    +1
    Absolutely and the French are great at manufacturing as much manure as possible.
  • Politic... bricklyn 2011/07/21 11:44:43
    PoliticallyIncorrect
    +1
    People are utterly amazing sometimes, aren't they?
  • Lanikai Politic... 2011/07/21 11:53:32
    Lanikai
    I have never been greeted in an airport by anyone. Much less considered suing over it. Wow.
  • Politic... Lanikai 2011/07/21 13:33:01
    PoliticallyIncorrect
    +1
    I hadn't realized that Canada was another land of entitlements, silly litigations, selfish wants and demands ... WOW
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