Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Gloves come off in French-language Conservative leadership debate

The third debate of the Conservative leadership campaign held in Quebec City on Tuesday, the only official debate to be held entirely in French, featured some sharp exchanges between candidates, with much of the fire being directed at Quebec MP Maxime Bernier.

The debate also proved to be a serious challenge to the French-language skills of some of the 13 contestants taking part.

The crowd was clearly partial to the two local candidates — the loudest applause came when Bernier and Steven Blaney were introduced, while polite applause greeted the 11 other non-Quebec contestants.

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  1. There's a big difference between:
    - making a few grammar and pronunciation mistakes while communicating in your second language
    - wasting everyone's time by insisting on speaking at an event held in a language that you don't know well enough to make yourself understood

    I would expect any leadership candidate of any party to be able to make a good judgment call on something as basic as that.

    1. Good point but, Chrétien didn't speak English fluently and his pronunciation difficult and sometimes impossible to understand. So, a little bit of flexibility is required.


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