Acadie-Bathurst M.P. weighs in on complaint to language watchdog about Bathurst Regional Airport

Acadie-Bathurst MP Serge Cormier isn't mincing words when it comes to a complaint by a Quebec MP to Canada's language watchdog about bilingual service at the Bathurst Regional Airport.

Tory MP Alupa Clark alleges he wasn't offered service in French when he landed in Bathurst last month.

Cormier says he's flown in and out of the airport nearly every week over the past four years and has never had an issue receiving service in French.

He says the airport employees are knowledgeable, courteous, and dedicated to their work, and that if there was an issue will be be resolved quickly.

Cormier says everyone is entitled to file a complaint when they have not had access to a service in their language of choice, adding Air Canada is subject to federal language rules.

He says an investigation will be carried out in an effort to determine the validity of Clark's complaint.

But Cormier says he finds it hard to understand why the MP is suddenly interested in defending the linguistic rights of Francophones when his own party continually attacks those rights.

He notes drastic cuts to programs supporting official language minority community organizations were made by the Harper government.'

Cormier says he'll always defend the language rights of all his constituents.