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Justin Trudeau’s pick for Governor General, Mary Simon, is facing an investigation by Canada’s official languages’ watchdog after more than 400 complaints were filed over her lack of French, one of Canada’s two official languages. Previous appointees to the position spoke French, and while Simon claims to be learning French, she had the opportunity to do that when she worked as a public servant. Simon, who is Inuit, only speaks English and Inuktitut, Global News reports. In a statement, Official Languages Commissioner Raymond Théberge said “the appointment of a governor general who is not fluent in both official languages has elicited many reactions across the country since her appointment was announced on July 6th.” While Théberge says that he understands the “turning point” that Canada is at when it comes to reconciliation, he says that the number of complaints over Simon’s lack of French continue to grow. “I have also received a significant number of complaints on this matter—over 400 to date.” Théberge says that his investigation will focus on the Privy Council Office’s role in Simon’s appointment.

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