Highly criticized since the Michael Rousseau affair for the lack of French in its ranks, Air Canada is now looking for teachers to teach the language of Molière to its employees, learned < em>The Journal.
In job offers published on several sites, the carrier is trying to find candidates “specialized in teaching French as a second language to adults”.
The chosen candidates will work from Montreal, where the airline's head office is located, but they will have to travel all over Canada to provide training.
“Although the courses are currently being given virtually, the chosen candidate will have to be ready to travel to the various bases from St. John's to Vancouver “, is it written in an offer consulted by Le Journal.
Michael Rousseau Unilingual Big Boss
According to a well-informed source, Air Canada had been hiring French trainers for some time. The company would like to recruit several candidates.
By e-mail, Air Canada did not give details on its strategy and claimed to publish various offers in its recruitment efforts.
It must be said that the airline has been scalded in recent months after the catastrophic passage of its leader, Michael Rousseau, before the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal.
Not enough courses at the moment
The boss of the carrier was then unable to answer questions from journalists in French. Since then, Mr. Rousseau has been taking intensive courses to learn the official language of Quebec.
In the spring, before the official languages committee, Air Canada boasted of having offered 130,000 hours of second language instruction since 2015, which did not impress parliamentarians. 10,000 employees wishing to become bilingual.
“I am flabbergasted! It's a lottery to receive lessons at Air Canada! This is unacceptable! “, had also launched the Conservative MP Jacques Gourde.
John Gradek Former Air Canada Executive
According to John Gradek, a former executive at Air Canada and lecturer at McGill, the airline will have to make a lot more effort.
“ They want to demonstrate that they take the issue of French seriously, but it's not enough,” he said in an interview with Le Journal.
“It Air Canada has been giving courses for years, but we still see that people are using English. What percentage of time do employees use French in the office? It will take an audit and concrete data,” explained the professor.
Air Canada is subject to the Official Languages Act and must provide service in both languages. The carrier is also looking for English teachers.
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Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7128