Montreal Canadiens' captain Saku Koivu was criticized over his introduction of his teammates in English only, saying he was disrespectful of Bill 101. Who criticized him?
#89217. Asked by BRY2K. (Nov 30 07 4:41 AM)
Guy Bertrand, a lawyer and noted Quebecois political opportunist.|
Lawyer Guy Bertrand, a separatist-turned-federalist-turned-separatist-again, dropped the gloves about the Montreal Canadiens’ captain’s lack of fluency in French.
Bertrand was critical of the Finnish-born Koivu’s failure “to respect the right of Quebecers to be served in French.”
Bertrand was apparently miffed that during the Canadiens’ Oct. 13 home opener, Koivu, as part of a videotaped pre-game ceremony, introduced his teammates in English only.
“I have the right to be served in my language,” he said. “He has been playing for 12 years (for the Canadiens). He is married to a francophone. It demonstrates contempt for our language. It is not respectful.”
Note to Bertrand: Koivu’s wife, Hanna Norio, is from his hometown of Turku, Finland.
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