CBC has the story:
The Montreal Canadiens are defending team captain Saku Koivu after his poor French was criticized at a "reasonable accommodation" commission hearing.
In his testimony at the Bouchard-Taylor commission hearings in Quebec City Tuesday, lawyer Guy Bertrand used Koivu as an example of how Quebec is forced to make "unacceptable" linguistic accommodations that threaten French.
When called to speak in front of fans at the Bell Centre, Koivu speaks English, even though Quebec's Bill 101 enshrines the right of Quebecers to be spoken to in French, Bertrand said.
... Parti Québécois Leader Pauline Marois suggested Tuesday that Canadians players who don't speak French should perhaps take lessons to learn.
I would be surprised if attacking the beloved Habs makes for good politics in Quebec.
On the other hand, here in Toronto, it might score a few points.
But definitely not on this issue.
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto