Complaints over Trudeau’s French answers

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OTTAWA – The Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages has received nine complaints related to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s French-only answers to English questions at a public meeting in Quebec.

Spokesman Nelson Kalil said today the office is launching an investigation into the complaints.

Trudeau angered some anglophones by insisting on answering English questions in French at a town hall meeting in Sherbrooke on Tuesday.

On Wednesday he said that on reflection he maybe should have answered partly in English and partly in French.

Because the office cannot investigate individuals, the probe will focus on whether the Privy Council Office violated the Official Languages Act in its role of supporting the prime minister.

Kalil says the investigation could take three to six months.