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Sean Fraser Made A Big Announcement In English; Got Called Out By French-Speaking Journalist At The Press Conference

During a press conference on January 31, Monday to announce new measures aimed at speeding up immigration processing, federal Immigration Minister Sean Fraser spoke in English — and residents have taken notice, some going so far as to file complaints with the government’s official languages watchdog.

The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages confirmed that it has received 10 complaints regarding Fraser’s January 31 announcement, which contained just two French phrases — Excellent, merci” and “Merci de me vous rejoindre” — throughout the course of his 15-minute statement.

During the media question period following the announcement, Le Journal de Montréal’s Francis Halin called out Fraser for speaking “entirely in English“.

“Is the French language important to you?” Halin asked.

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