The prime minister said it is important for Quebec company presidents to speak in French.
Prime Minister François Legault says he wants to identify “the small minority” of Quebec CEOs who don’t speak French so he can convince them to learn.
Appearing on Shawinigan to reveal his new economic policy on Friday, journalists asked the prime minister to comment on whether he or a member of his entourage intervened with the head of engineering firm SNC-Lavalin to postpone or cancel a speech that had planned.
SNC-Lavalin CEO Ian Edwards was supposed to deliver a speech at the Canadian Club of Montreal on Monday. However, he decided to postpone his attendance for next year, saying that he wanted to prepare a presentation with more French.
Legault said it did not intervene with SNC-Lavalin.
The prime minister said it is important for Quebec company presidents to speak in French. As such, your government is looking for ways to encourage it.
“It would be looking at the whole situation,” he said. “Identify which presidents do not speak French and how we can convince them to learn French.”