In an effort to remove the now-controversial greeting “bonjour-hi” from the public lexicon, Quebec politicians passed a motion yesterday to prompt businesses to welcome customers with the stripped-of-English greeting “bonjour.”
Proposed by the Parti Québécois, the motion asks all businesses and its employees to who come into contact with ”local and international clients to welcome them warmly with the word 'bonjour,’” reports CBC.
Every single member of the National Assembly of Quebec present voted in favour of the bill.
But don’t get too worried if you’re conditioned to always say “bonjour-hi” or simply don’t want to change the iconically Montreal greeting.
The bill itself doesn’t make saying “bonjour-hi” illegal, it’s merely meant to promote the all-French alternative.
A push to remove bilingualism in customer-service greetings came in the wake of a report saying French was declining in the workplace.
Premiere Philippe Couillard responded to this troubling finding by taking a firm stance against “bonjour-hi,” saying that he would prefer Francophones and Anglophones alike to just say “bonjour.”
Apparently a lot of other Quebec politicians agree, hence the new bill.
It is worth noting, however, the Couillard actually opposed the bill in its original form.
The PQ’s first proposal described “bonjour-hi” as “an irritant,” reports CBC. Couillard wasn’t pleased with the choice or wording, likely because it demonizes the English language which could then alienate Anglophone voters.
Once the bill’s wording was changed, Couillard got on board.