Montreal shopkeepers are known for saying "Bonjour-Hi" to welcome customers. But with Christmas around the corner, the Bloc Québécois is suggesting Montrealers replace "Hi" with "Ho" to create a more linguistically acceptable greeting: "Bonjour-Ho!"

“Montreal will also benefit from the 'Bonjour-Ho!' campaign, which promotes the use of French,” it tweeted on December 12. "On touche du bois!"

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We want to settle this debate once and for all!


The suggestion was intended to capture the spirit of the season and safeguard the French language but received mixed reactions online.

Now, a local eatery thinks it’s solved the long-simmering language debate with a new greeting that’ll save you a couple of bucks the next time you’re hungry for shawarma.

Boustan, a popular Montreal chain restaurant, is offering 15% off with the coupon code BonjourAil (HelloGarlic) on orders placed through its website for pickup at participating locations.

“We want to settle this debate once and for all!” said the company in a Facebook post.

The new greeting seems appropriate.

Boustan’s signature garlicky potatoes are well-known for being the perfect antidote to a night of drunken irresponsibility — and can also give you a fierce case of garlic breath.

The BonjourAil promotion ends on December 31.

But a Boustan spokesperson told MTL Blog that it could come back if the Bonjour-Hi debate resurfaces.

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