Quebec court says it can hear challenge to governor general’s lack of French

The Quebec Superior Court has ruled that it can hear a challenge to the appointement of Gov., Gen Mary Simon, who isn’t fluent in French. Several groups are seeking to have Simon’s appointment declared null and void because they say the governor general is constitutionally required to communicate in both official languages. Simon, who is Inuk,  took over as the Crown’s representative in Canada in 2021. She is the first Indigenous governor general in Canada since Confederation. She speaks both English and Inuktitut. Simon was educated in a federal day school in Quebec’s Nunavik region and has said she was not given the opportunity to learn French as a child but promised to learn the language. The attorney general of Canada had argued that only the Federal Court could hear…

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