Members of two Quebec nationalist groups are upset with Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante for something that always seems to pop up in the politics of the province: speaking too much English.
Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Montréal and Mouvement Montréal Français expressed concerns to Radio-Canada, saying that Plante switches between English and French too frequently.
The two groups cite the mayor’s address during the 2018 municipal budget as a prime example, when Plante spoke in both of Canada’s official languages.
A spokesperson for Mouvement Montréal Français, Sophie Stanké, told Radio-Canada that the mayor’s linguistic choices promote “institutional bilingualism.” Apparently that’s a bad thing.
Stanké says that she has received almost 200 e-mails from disgruntled Quebecers who similarly feel that Plante is speaking English too frequently.
Montreal’s city charter does say that French is the language of Montreal and the two groups want Plante to better reflect that in her position as mayor.
A press secretary speaking on behalf of the mayor, however, doesn’t sympathize with these criticisms.
Geneviève Jutras, speaking to Radio-Canada, says that Plante consistently speaks more French than English and that the mayor upholds the virtue that Montreal is a Francophone city, first and foremost.
Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Montréal and Mouvement Montréal Français have requested to have a sit-down meeting with Plante, something the mayor is open to. A date for the meeting has not been determined.