As Canadians, we’ve all been through the mandatory task of having to trick our brains into becoming half-French during our formative years. However, not all of us end up walking away from the experience with a second language in our vocabulary, because, well, learning a language is hard. That is unless you’re Doug Ford. According to Global News, the Ontario Premier revealed this Thursday that he is currently working on learning French, which he thinks will be “pretty easy."
Ford pointed out that he wants to learn the language so he can better communicate with the Québécois.
The comment came about after the provincial leader was asked if he was still committed to learning French, to which he responded, “Bonjour. Comment ca va?”
However, despite his optimism, many Ontarians were skeptical that Ford could actually pick up Canada’s second language.
“I’ve learned more Spanish in the last year using Duolingo than Doug Ford will ever learn French. Doug has enough trouble stringing together a coherent sentence in English,” wrote one user.
“Pity, his French tutor," added another.
However, others seem to be wishing the premier luck on working towards being able to commute in both of Canada's official languages.
One user even stating, "Great effort @fordnation. Good luck."
While another user congratulates Ford, but also questions why all political figures aren't doing the same thing, "Good for him for learning but shouldn't every politician already have command of the French language?"
Ford went on to say that he thinks every elected official should have to learn French while mentioning that he believes it will be easy to learn since he studied it from Grade 3 to Grade 9 in school. There are currently more than 600,000 francophones in Ontario.
Since French is one of Canada's two official languages, students in Ontario's publicly funded English-language schools are required to take it in school.
According to The Ministry Of Education, all Canadian students must study FSL from Grades 4 to 8 and earn at least one credit in FSL in secondary school to obtain the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
Yet, this isn't the first time that Ford himself engulfed in controversy this month.
Earlier this month after he announced that his government would support Canadian military families by upgrading its dedicated phone line.
Many on Twitter lashed out against the leader criticizing his government for not doing more for military families.
At the moment, it's unclear what exactly Ford’s game plan is for learning French or if we will see him speaking it fluently anytime soon.