They sang "Rule Britannia," waved the British flag, and wore Union Jack shirts, jackets, scarfs and socks, all to protest the removal of British chocolates for not having a French text on the labels.
On Saturday, two dozen protesters marched in front of Leicester Square, a British specialty shop at Yonge and Bloor streets. In October, 30 different British sweets were ordered off Leicester Square's shelves by the federal Department of Consumer and Corporate Affairs because they had "no bilingual list of ingredients."
French has been "rammed down their throats" by Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney's "language police," said one demonstrator of British ancestry. Protest signs said "Official bilingualism costs $10,000,000 a day," and "The Most Hated Word in Canada: Bilingualism."