OTTAWA - The federal languages watchdog will be spending up to $90,000 from the public purse to go undercover at eight airports to check whether air travellers are being served in both English and French.
Starting this fall, Official Language Commissioner Graham Fraser’s spies will anonymously verify the level of bilingualism at airports in Halifax, Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Winnipeg, Edmonton and Vancouver, and on Air Canada flights.
Fraser, whose mandate ends next October when the report is scheduled to be released, called it his “swan song.”
“I’ve always thought the language rights of the travelling public are extremely important,” he said Wednesday.
Yeah, whereas the rights of the working public to go about its business without being trapped by linguistic bureaucrats are worth nothing.