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Montreal Canadiens head coach Randy Cunneyworth talks to his team during the third period of their...

Montreal Canadiens head coach Randy Cunneyworth talks to his team during the third period of their NHL hockey game against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden in Boston, Dec. 19, 2011. (REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:19 PM ET

The grumbling continued Thursday over the Montreal Canadiens’ appointment of a unilingual anglophone coach.

The latest to denounce coach Randy Cunneyworth was the Mouvement Quebec Francais (Movement of French Montreal), which issued a statement that a peaceful demonstration would be held before the Canadiens’ next home game, Jan. 7.

Cunneyworth was promoted to interim coach last Saturday after the bilingual Jacques Martin was fired by the Canadiens.

MQF president Mario Beaulieu said Thursday it was “time to take to the streets and demonstrate,” adding that Quebec flags would be distributed to protesters.

He said Cunneyworth’s appointment came on the heels of other disturbing elements, such as the fact there are few francophones on the team and there is too much English music played during games at the Bell Centre.

Cunneyworth has said he would try to learn to speak French.


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