Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Editorials

Bonjour-Hi. Say goodbye.

Quebec politicians – despite having plenty of government files to sink their teeth into – have decided to reopen the language debate yet again.
On Nov. 30, the Quebec legislature passed a bill that encourages store clerks to greet customers with the phrase “bonjour” instead of the commonly-used “bonjour-hi.”
The motion was put forward by the Parti Quebecois (PQ). The original motion was amended because one sentence referred to the anglicized greeting as “an irritant.”
Once that term “irritant” was dropped, the motion received unanimous support from the National Assembly.
Even Premier Phillippe Couillard called the debate “ridiculous.”

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