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10-19-2011, 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Andy View Post
This will never happen. I don't agree with the idea of the coaching having to be bilingual, but it's part of the reality. We play with a default handicap. Our selection is immidiately limited. We can cry all we want but it just doesn't work that way.

If you were owning the team, you'd probably agree with this same ******** policy whether you liked it or not.

Boivin after his contract expired had an interview in the Gazette where he didn't agree with this policy and said that they are at a disadvantage because of it but it is necessary.

Obviously the ideal is to remove it, but the ideal isn't always attainable in some cases and the case of Quebec is that instance.
Winning makes it all go away.

If the results were there on the ice, do you think any one legitimately cares if the coach and GM speak french fluently? No.

Yes, when you lose, the microscope is there and it becomes a point of emphasis to add to the frustration. However, the Montreal Canadiens fan base extends far beyond the reaches of the province of Quebec and the mentality needs to change. It's 2011. Are we going to not allow Blacks or Homosexuals to take a position of the power in the organization because we follow archaic ideals?

Be proud of your nationality, be proud of your language. However, there is no reason to project this onto a sports team. Once, yes, there was some merit to it. It simply has died away and the only people who seem to care about it are people in the organization and those living in Quebec who do speak french or are of french descent. No longer are the games drummed up as some Anglophone v Francophone match-up.

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