27 June 2013

The Gazette: IGA language flap creates controversy

MONTREAL — The owner of a South Shore supermarket that has come under fire after reports that it forced employees to speak solely French, even among each other, has denied any such policy existed.

Seventeen-year-old Meaghan Moran, a former employee from the store located on Sir Wilfred Laurier Blvd. in St-Lambert, told CTV News Wednesday that she had become aware of the policy shortly after beginning her part-time job when a fellow anglophone co-worker cautioned against her speaking to him in English. Moran, who is fluently bilingual, quit before going public with her story.

The office of Louise Ménard, the owner of five IGAs in the Montreal area including the one in St-Lambert, issued a statement Thursday saying there are no restrictions on any language in her stores.

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