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LAWTON: The weaponizing of “official bilingualism”

Michel Thibodeau was awarded $1500 by a Federal Court judge after he complained about drinking fountains at the Senate of Canada having the word "PUSH" on their buttons in only English.

A francophone man, who’s filed dozens of Official Languages Act complaints, has once again been awarded money for the apparent injustice of having to read English signage.

In the latest case, Michel Thibodeau was awarded $1500 by a Federal Court judge after he complained about drinking fountains at the Senate of Canada having the word “PUSH” on their buttons in only English. A couple of months ago, Thibodeau and his wife received $21,000 from Air Canada after they complained about, among other things, English engraving on the seatbelts.

True North’s Andrew Lawton says this is another example of official bilingualism having gone too far in Canada. Do you agree?

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