French-only bus driver’s behavior under question

Montreal’s transit authority is investigating an incident in which a French-speaking bus driver ordered a man off for asking what time it was in English.

The incident happened early Sept. 4 when university student Muhammad Ahmad Munir, 32, asked the female driver for the time, The (Montreal) Gazette reported.

Munir said the driver answered in French and he told her he didn’t understand and asked for the time again.

He claims the driver then said “I don’t speak English,” and, in French, ordered him and about 20 other passengers off the bus. The driver also hit the vehicle’s panic button, which automatically summons police to the scene, the newspaper said…

And a good time was had by all…

4 thoughts on “French-only bus driver’s behavior under question

  1. Mr. Fusion says:

    I lived in Montreal during the first referendum in ’79. I was one block from the Rosemount seperatiste headquarters. This was not a pleasant time to be an anglophone in Quebec. But I loved Montreal.

    The experience though opened my eyes to what it was like to be a second class citizen. Until then I had only read stories. When you are denied service solely because of your language, then it hits home.

    If I was discriminated against because I couldn’t ask for cigarettes in French, how would it feel to be denied service because of my color?

  2. Chelsea says:

    The french drivers are terrible they shout and scream abuse at drivers for no reason. In Paris all I got was every driver and pedestrian shouting abuse at my driving. And to to that they all drive on the wrong side of the road.

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