Landry won't apologize for comments about English

Premier Bernard Landry says he won't apologize for remarks he made about the municipal merger court case.

Landry said in a newspaper interview published on Tuesday the merger has nothing to do with language, and that anglophones are well-served in the existing city of Montreal.

Lawyer Guy Bertrand complained to the judge about Landry's comments. The judge said it wasn't wise of the premier to get involved. But Landry stands by his remarks.

"It is my duty to answer to the press," Landry says.

Landry says he was just stating facts, and then he repeated his statement that anglophones who live in NDG get services in English, and they don't complain.

Bertrand says Landry is clearly trying to influence the judge.

"Did he have an objective for saying that? Well, Mr. Landry never talks for saying nothing," Bertrand says, adding the premier should have known better.

But another lawyer representing municipalities which are against the mergers says Landry has a right to speak.

"I'm such an advocate of freedom of speech I think it extends to the premier as well," says lawyer Julius Grey, who represents Westmount. Grey says what Landry did may not have been wise, but it was legal.