Quebec’s language police appear to have found themselves on the verge of another high-profile battle after two Haitian hospital workers claimed they were reprimanded for speaking Creole to one another.
The Montreal Gazette reports that the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) warned the Hôpital Rivière-des-Prairies that two employees were communicating with one another in Creole – a dialect that ironically has its origins in French.
The Charter of the French Language states that Quebeckers have the right to be served in French, although it does not imply that employees are barred from holding private conversations in other languages.
The pair claim they spoke exclusively in French while conducting their duties and dealing with patients. And yet, a complaint has been filed. The identity of the accuser is not known. And there is the rub.
This may seem like another Pastagate – the much publicized incident inRead More »from Quebec language police vs. Creole speakers: Maybe more transparency would help