Montreal Transit Corp. (STM) should stay out of politics, provide better service in both languages
January 30, 2013
La Presse reports that by asking the STM to offer bilingual services, the Société says Minister Jean-François Lisée is going against Bill 14. The STM is reportedly analysing the bilingualism needs of its employees and plans to submit a report to the OQLF by next spring. Spokesperson Odile Paradis says universal bilingualism will not be enforced.
Recall that two weeks ago PQ Minister Lisée appeared on CJAD’s Tommy Schnurmacher Show and indicated that the STM should be in a position to offer services in English. ”Are you listening STM?” the minister quipped on air.
The STM is a service of the Montreal Agglomeration and its staff have no business getting involved in political decisions. If the minister indicates that the transit service should be offering services in English what business do the STM have in arguing against this? Ridiculous.
The politicians at the Agglomeration Council, headed by Montreal Mayor Michael Applebaum must give the STM their marching orders. Stay out of politics and provide the best service possible in the customer’s official language.