Canwest News Service
VANCOUVER — Heritage Minister James Moore says he was "disappointed" with the amount of French used during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games' opening ceremony.
Moore, whose department pitched in $20-million to help pay for the elaborate opening ceremony Friday night, told CBC on Sunday that the spectacle should have been "a better representation of our bicultural past and the reality today. "
"They were beautiful, they were spectacular on television, but there should have been more French," said Mr. Moore, who represents the Vancouver Island riding of Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam. "I was disappointed there wasn't as much French as we were expecting, as we were told that there was going to be.
The opening ceremony was watched by a record-setting TV audience in Canada, as 13.3 million viewers watched the entire 3 1/2-hour ceremony.
Like Canada, the International Olympic Committee, has two official languages: English and French.
And there certainly was some French during the ceremony.
VANOC chairman John Furlong delivered parts of his speech in French, Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean officially declared the Games open in French first and then in English, while speed-skating referee Michel Verreault took the Officials' Olympic Oath in French.
"We've made it clear from beginning to end our expectations that these Games be entirely bilingual, and be respectful of both of Canada's official languages, " Mr. Moore said.
Among the French cultural elements of the opening ceremony was a performance from Garou, a hugely popular singer in Quebec, and a dramatic interpretation of the Chasse-galerie, an old Quebecois tale about a group of voyageurs who make a deal with the devil.
Not enough French in Olympics opening ceremony: Heritage Minister
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Posted by unregistered user: tebo
Maybe Quebec should have bid for the Olympics!! Welcome to the Real world Canada!~
/the spectacle should have been "a better representation of our bicultural past and the reality today."/
To reflect the reality of today, two Francophones should have stood in the centre of the arena and threatened to hold separate Olympics unless French athletes were allowed to compete under their own set of rules.
Posted by unregistered user: S
You’re right Minister..it didn’t adequately represent all of Canada it only seemed to represent the french and the natives.
Posted by unregistered user: nevman
Dam it sure is disappointing to be English! Not enough French, not enough Native culture, too little about the demonstrators! Why even try for the cry babies that never get enough? 9 english provinces, 3 english territories and 1 french province! Why do we always have to cater to the minority?
Posted by unregistered user: Junior Adams
Are you kidding me? The ceremonies seemed more French than English. Even the signs are printed in French FIRST!
This is West Canada for crying out loud, what was displayed in the opening ceremony hardly captured Western Canadian culture. The ones who should be offended are the multicultural immigrants who are proud to call Canada home now, who work hard to better the country, Canadians of any color from logging towns to golf resorts, rather than confuse people with what to expect when they decide to come visit this beautiful province.
Not to say the opening ceremonies weren’t enjoyable, particularly the Orca bit, the Metis dance and the fiddle, but very misleading for those watching around the world who wanted to see in order – Canada, Vancouver, British Columbia.
Posted by unregistered user: Louis
This is not about Canadian politics. French is one of the official languages always used during the Olympics. Google Pierre De Coubertin then wipe the eggs of your faces.
Posted by unregistered user: Devil\'s Advocate
It was a great Opening Ceremony, inspite of the overkill of the aboriginal theme and irritating constant French interjection. Someday we will reflect the real Canada, a melting pot of people from around the globe that has made this country what it is; not just two spoiled brats that constantly cry out for attention.