The senior officials of the City of Ottawa must spend more time learning French, says mayor Jim Watson.
“I think it is always important to convince the people who need their level of French to practice and take lessons,” said Mr. Watson.
The first magistrate was responding to an article that appeared in The Right on Thursday, which revealed that executives spent less than an average of 20 hours per year to learn French. According to the data obtained, the 12 employees of the high management levels L1 to L3 have received a total 223,5 hours of language training in 2017.
Mr. Watson plans to discuss the situation with the director general of the City, Steve Kanellakos to find solutions.
“I know that there are people in positions with a lot of responsibilities, which from time to time do not follow their course,” says the mayor. I’m going to speak with our general manager to tell him that it is important for people to practice the language of Molière. “
The mayor admits that he should be taking French classes too, but that he made efforts to communicate in the two languages.