- The Washington Times - Friday, December 1, 2017

Quebec’s provincial legislature sent a message to local business owners this week: Stop greeting customers in English.

A unanimous motion was passed on Thursday among 111 Canadian lawmakers who urge store clerks to stop saying “bonjour, hi” to customers in favor of “bonjour.” The move was seen as statement in defense of French culture.

“It’s about being original and being ourselves, and being ourselves is a major Francophone city with an Anglophone community,” PQ house leader Pascal Bérubé said, BBC reported Friday. “First thing you have to say, I think, is ‘bonjour.’ It’s about respect. It’s easy to understand.”

Premier Philippe Couillard called Parti Québécois’ motion, which is not legally binding, “ridiculous,” in part because an early draft called “hi” an “irritant.”

“By just saying ‘bonjour,’ it takes the charm out of Montreal […] because we are a bilingual city,” said local Montrealer Marie Nakhleh, CBC reported Thursday. “I never saw anything wrong with ‘bonjour, hi,’ but I get it if they want to uphold their French heritage, which seems like what they’re trying to do.”



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