Discussion posted by: David McNamara
OTTAWA–Does the next Conservative leader need to be fluent in both of Canada’s official languages? It’s the question that has defined the early days of the race to replace Andrew Scheer, with the front-runners’ fluency in French — or lack thereof — making headlines in Quebec and beyond. Peter MacKay was ridiculed in Quebec newspapers Sunday for some linguistic stumbling at his official campaign launch. His main competition, Erin O’Toole, displayed what one professor described as “token French” — rehearsed but hardly comfortable — in a video announcing his candidacy Monday.