Quebec politicans have passed a unamious motion that calls on businesses to greet their customers with a warm “bonjour” rather than the “bonjour-hi” often heard in Montreal’s shops and restaurants.
Parti Québécois leader Jean-François Lisée suggested that the bilingual greeting is a sign of erosion of the French language in the workplace.
Canadians were quick to mock the motion and #BonjourHi began trending on Twitter.
“Of all the problems in this universe, I’m glad we took care of the greatest one of all,” one person tweeted. Another wrote, “I wish the Quebec government showed more value for having a population that speaks both English and French (and other languages). I feel lucky to be bilingual yet the government sees it as irritating.”
Those employed by the service industry also slammed the motion. “I’m a French-Canadian bilingual hostess in a restaurant and bonjour/hi is the first thing I say when I greet customers. It’s not irritating, it’s respectful for everyone. Stop trying to make us do what you want and go do something else more important.”
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