On wednesday, a federal judge ordered Air Canada to pay Michel Thibodeau, a French-language rights activist, $12,000 plus court fees, for failing to provide French service on a series of flights he took in 2009. As former Crown corporations, Air Canada must comply with the Official Languages Act and provide service in both official languages.
"It's a rights issue," Michel Thibodeau said. In one case, he requested a 7Up in French and was served a Sprite. "It is my right that is not being respected."