After 4,170 views of this blog, 1,392 signatures on our petition, hundreds and hundreds of emails, calls, 2 demonstrations, several articles in The Suburban and lots and lots of help, we actually convinced the 2nd largest retailer in the world to post bilingual signs, and show us some respect!
If we can accomplish this with the 2nd largest retailer in the world, we can do the same with others!
If you have not signed either the Costco or End the OQLF petitions, please sign the following one and help fight against Quebec’s problem with xenophobia. We intend to now commence an effort to give Greater Montreal special status so that we can turn Quebec’s economy around! http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/it-is-time-to-close-down?source=c.em&r_by=13077821
Please share this blog and encourage everyone who has yet to sign either the Costco or End the OQLF petitions to sign the End the OQLF petition below!
The following is what appeared before we received visual confirmation of the above!
OK! Let’s have some fun! Spread the word. On the way out of Costco there is a suggestion box. From this day forth all members, no matter where they are should leave a comment in the box, such as the following!
ATTN: COSTCO; NOT TO HAVE BILINGUAL SIGNS IN MONTREAL IS DISGUSTING!
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Here is the petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/why-does-costco-have.fb47?source=c.fb&r_by=13077821 BREAKING NEWS: On Saturday May 9, as we demonstrated upon public property next to Costco Pointe Claire, Costco demanded that we leave. We refused. Costco called the police. The police told Costco that we have every right to demonstrate upon public property!! We demonstrated much to the chagrin of Costco and we returned! 🙂 CTV took video!
If you are skittish about signing the petition, please take a look at signature #1060 IMHO, C. Mongrain is an example of the lowest form of life that exists in QC! 🙂
The above photos were taken at one of Costco’s Ottawa warehouses. Why does Costco show great respect for Francophones in Ottawa, but absolutely no respect for Anglophones in Montreal? Why do Costco warehouses in Ottawa have bilingual signs but only French ones in Montreal? Bilingual signs are legal. All that it is, is discrimination by Costco against Anglophones! The % age of Anglos living on the Island of Montreal is greater than the % age of Francos (14%) living in Ottawa. In the West Island of Montreal, 50% are Anglos and only 20% are Francos, yet none of the description signs in Costco’s Pointe Claire warehouse are bilingual! The time has come to complain to Costco’s Vice President Marketing and their head of membership. Their email addresses follow. Please sign and share our petition!! Save time! Only fill in the items marked with an * ! http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/why-does-costco-have.fb47?source=c.fb&r_by=13077821 We actually caught Costco lying about having bilingual signs at their Montreal warehouses (letter below). There are no such signs in Montreal. In Montreal they are all in French. The only English signs are essentially “exit” and “membership”! 🙂 Why does Costco have Spanish signs in many of their US warehouses?
Will you write to firstname.lastname@example.org Costco’s Vice President of Marketing and Membership and tell her what you think of her policy? The reply that we received from her was idiotic! 🙂 Will you cancel your Costco membership as I did? The following was received on July 27, 2013 from: Mathieu Legros, Costco’s Director of Membership email@example.com Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. To answer your concern we do have signage in both languages for our three bilingual warehouses in Montréal: Pointe-Claire, Marché Central and Montréal Downtown. There are some exceptions but the majority of the signs are bilingual. Could you please call me at your earliest convenience so I can review with you our signage system. We value your business and thank you for your loyalty. Mathieu Legros Director of Membership – Central Marketing Directeur Service des adhésions (613) 221-2270 | firstname.lastname@example.org Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd. 415 West Hunt Club Road, Ottawa, ON K2E 1C5 One Costco client did an audit of Costco’s Bridge Street location. There were only four bilingual signs. One was “Exit”. Another was “Membership”. Does that constitute “a majority”? After showing to Mr. Legros that his statement was incorrect, he advised that bilingual signs would be posted in Montreal. They never were. Why does Costco not have English signs in their stores in Montreal, Quebec, Canada when it has Spanish signs at many of their US warehouses? Is Spanish an official language of the USA? Canada has two official languages-English and French. Why does Costco show respect for their Spanish speaking members in the US, but not for their English speaking ones in QC? English signs are not against the law in Quebec, though there is a lunatic fringe that would like to change that! Why does Costco cater to the lunatic fringe, and not to their members? If you are a member of Costco, do you really purchase enough to warrant the annual $63.24 (tax incl.) membership fee? If you have your doubts I strongly encourage you NOT to re-join Costco and see if you miss them. MORE important than that you must tell V-P Marketing Lorelle Gilpin, exactly why you are not renewing. Here is the reply that Costco Canada’s V-P Marketing/Membership has been sending out. NOTE: There is absolutely 0 illegal about posting English signs at retail outlets in QC: Thank you for taking the time to share your views with us. As a Costco member, you know that we have been operating warehouses in Quebec since 1986. We currently have 19 warehouses and many loyal members in Quebec. While we try to always be mindful of the concerns our members bring to our attention, it is of course a balancing act between finding the best way to operate our business in Quebec in compliance with the law, and responding to those concerns. Although some members may disagree with our position on signage, we do try to ensure that written communications with our members in Quebec are available in the language of their choice. We appreciate that you took the time to bring your questions regarding signage in our Quebec warehouses to our attention. I sincerely hope that you will continue to make use of your Costco membership. Yours truly, Lorelle Gilpin Vice President, Marketing and Membership IKEA in Montreal now has bilingual signs, so why not Costco? Target, Walmart, Sears, The Bay, l’Equipeur all have bilingual signs, some because of our efforts, so why not Costco? On August 21, 2014 I finally asked Costco to cancel our membership. I do not appreciate being treated as a second class customer and paying $63.24/yr. for it! Do you? Now please feel free to check out the stupidity of the Jewish General Hospital Foundation (in the blog below)!