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English-only rule sparks debate in Saskatchewan casinos

18 December 2008

SASKATCHEWAN -- As reported by CBC: "An English-only rule at the card tables in Saskatchewan's government-owned casinos sends a bad signal to visitors, the province's francophone association says.

"At Casino Regina and Casino Moose Jaw, if poker or blackjack cards have been dealt, the only language allowed is English, a rule that two French-speaking players were recently informed of by a dealer.

"The francophones were told there was a concern there could be collusion. But the ban on languages other than English is something the Assemblée communautaire fransaskoise — the province's francophone rights association — isn't happy about.

"...Even though Canada is officially bilingual, Saskatchewan isn't. That means the province can legally enforce the rule at government-run casinos..."

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