SNC-Lavalin boss Ian Edwards did not want to be the next Michael Russo.
Living in Montreal for seven years but unable to speak French, he decided to postpone his speech at the Canadian Club of Montreal next Monday.
Monday, Journal Despite the Rousseau affair, the leader of Scottish origin, who has been running the engineering company for 2 years, reports that he is still going to give a speech in English.
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But a few days later, SNC-Lavalin did an interview and in a letter to the Canadian club’s board of directors chairman Mark Peran, Mr. Edwards said he had to postpone his speech “sadly.”
“I want to take the time needed to better prepare my presentation and to make sure that Quebec’s official language is French, to better meet the expectations of all our interlocutors,” he wrote.
Recent events around the French-language space in Canadian and Quebec businesses have prompted him to postpone his speech and “postpone my commitment to next year.” .
“I fully understand the Quebec reality and I fully understand the importance of providing a respectable office for all our employees, customers and partners,” the businessman added.
Mr. Edward has been living in Quebec since 2014. In 2016, he took French lessons, but the results were mixed and he gave up.
“Recently, at our Board of Directors meeting in late October, I was already committed to making the necessary efforts to pursue language training to the best of my ability.”
The Coquist government, which called for a response earlier in the week, expected Big Boss to speak French in Quebec.
“It simply came to our notice then. It is an honor to address the Quebec Business Association in its official language, French. This message is clearly meant for all business leaders, “said Simon Jolin-Barrett, the French language minister in a statement.