"Ted Menzies, a unilingual Tory MP, is relieved to know that his new parliamentary secretary duties really don't include responsibility for the francophonie and official languages.
An official said parliamentary secretaries work out with their ministers what part of the portfolio they will concentrate on and don't necessarily backstop their boss on everything.
Menzies, who pledged to put his French lessons into high gear starting Monday, isn't backing away because of the clarification of his role.
"That's not to say that I'm not going to continue to my French-language training that was quickly accelerated after my swearing-in," he said. "I started that last January and got busy with other critic's roles and let it slip by the wayside, but it's a good impetus to get me going again on French language."