At a town hall in Quebec, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke only in French, despite some of the questions being asked in English, because as he said, “We’re in Quebec.”
After a woman asked a question about Quebec residents who speak only English not being able to understand some health services which are only in French, Trudeau responded, “Thank you for your use of both official languages, but we’re in a French province so I will answer in French.”
His decision to only speak French drew many complaints, especially from Quebec anglophones as well as criticism from Quebec politicians such as Jean-Francois Lisee, who though he supports Quebec having French as their common language, said that he still speaks English to those who need it out of courtesy.
Still, it’s obvious that Trudeau tried his French-only experiment as a way to promote the importance of having two languages in Canada, as well as to highlight the importance of diversity, something that was one of the major topics at the town hall.
See Trudeau’s French-only response: