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LAWTON: Official bilingualism has gone too far

A French-speaking Ontario couple has been awarded $21,000 from Air Canada after suing the company for supposedly violating their language rights.

A French-speaking Ontario couple has been awarded $21,000 from Air Canada after suing the company for supposedly violating their language rights. The couple took aim at a number of things, including the French translation of “Exit” being in smaller font than the English, and the word “Lift” being engraved into the seatbelt latches without a French translation.

The lawsuit violates the spirit of bilingualism, which should be about genuine discrimination and not nitpicking, True North’s Andrew Lawton says.

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