Beg to differ. 80% of the world commercial aircraft carry signs & posted placards in two languages and there is zero evidence that those aircraft are less safe than one where the signs just read: "exit" as opposed to "exit/sortie" or "exit/salida". Furthermore, some US airlines have been displaying some cabin signs in both English & Spanish for some years now. Continental/United and Southwest are two I can think of right now.
Every exit of every Canadian transport aircraft is marked EXIT/SORTIE.
What was argued was the prominence of the font and that the exits should be marked exit/SORTIE, making French more prominent.
This case shows how new aircraft are often getting delivered with the running stick figure in order to avoid language confusion. The more universal symbols can be used the better.
Also understand this is the same couple that complained about not being able to order “7 Up” in French. (And won).
Seriously?!? How do you order a 7 Up in Quebec? Even Parisians know they'd be ridiculed for trying to order a Sept Up! I may have to try next time I'm in Montreal just to see what happens...
I agree in a bilingual country both languages must be considered, as it is in many other parts of the world.
Give Canada credit where it's due. I can think of several European regions with their own official language fighting tooth and nail through legislative and judicial means to pretend other official languages of their respective countries do not exist. They'll go so far as to deny you access to government services if you happen to make your request in an official language that is not the region's preferred.
But there's an official language act that essentially states that if you're a natural French speaker then you should have equal access to services in your language. Air Canada is part of that service as a legacy if its government ownership. The airline has greatly benefited from government largesses over decades and therefore I think this aspect is part and parcel of the advantages that the cost relationship provides Air Canada.
And all that is fair and proper, however in order to be awarded damages, they should prove actual damages... If the airline is to be fined for contravening a public law, the fine should go to the government's coffers, not private purses.
Dominion301 wrote:Not to mention that the Quebec French can be at times so full of Americanism that reverting to English may be easier for someone who learned their French outside of Canada...
France French has a lot of English loan words like parking and stop that aren’t used in Canadian French...which itself does have English loan words that largely differ from France.
I find as a bilingual anglophone, the biggest difference is the accent, especially Parisian French. I own many France French movies on DVD. However, I often find myself having to put up the subtitles IN FRENCH, not English, as I have so much difficulty with the Parisian accent where to my untrained ear, everyone sounds like they’re mumbling and speaking incredibly fast.
Oh Canada, sometimes you seem like the greatest nation on the planet, and at other times you seem like nothing but a puppet for France.
What??? But yes Canada is consistently ranked by the UN as one of the best nations on the planet (I believe we’re currently #2 behind the Swiss), many, many spots (and admittedly said with some smugness) ahead of the US.
So the native Indians in Canada, are they so small that there is no push to also have their languages added to the official language list, or is there now legislation limiting Canada to only two official languages?
Well as part of the the early days reconciliation, the Canadian government a few weeks ago passed the Indigenous Languages Act. There is a very urgent need to preserve/prevent the extinction of the majority of Canada’s 90 Indigenous languages after seven generations of attempted forced assimilation.
Just an FYI, the term “native Indian” is +30 years out of date in Canada. The original settlers of this country are our Indigenous peoples.
To bring this back to an airline conversation, many regional carriers in Canada do have recorded announcements in Indigenous languages (e.g., First Air and Inuktitut).