Benjamin Smith does not seem to be of Quebecoise provenance. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario, and so I doubt whether his French is up to the standards of the AF unions!
What an odd thing to say. With two official languages, Canada is bilingual from coast to coast. There are many large regions in Canada outside of Quebec where French is the predominant language.
I have heard M. Smith speaking French to a Francophone crowd at HQ in Montreal and he spoke as well as any.
But I suggest, is any French speaker up to the standards of France (let alone French unions) without a natural French accent? I attended High School in Switzerland, so speak French with a Swiss accent. On a flight to CDG, I made all of the announcements from the cockpit in both English and French. When saying good bye to the passengers in Paris at the exit door, one of the passengers said (in French), "Clearly, you did not learn French in France". I responded (in French), "Clearly, you did not learn manners in England".
The Flight Attendant standing beside me had to jump into the lav, suppressing her laughter.
But I think Ben Smith's problems dealing with French unions will make these language issues seem trivial by comparison.
Just because I stopped arguing, doesn't mean I think you are right. It just means I gave up!