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 Couillardresponded 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.
Can't make it to the Bas Saint-Laurent this summer? No problem. The city's latest culinary catch, Pincette, is landing in Old Montreal.
Led by Chef Khelil Ben Ammar formerly of Nelligan and Su, and "inspired by Montreal's vibrant culinary scene," the new Montreal lobster bar aims to "bring the East Coast experience to Montreal," according to a press release shared with MTL Blog.
The décor sets the scene. The dining room evokes an elevated lobster shack with a "chic Montreal-European vibe." It even has charming lobster trap light fixtures.
Among the mouthwatering menu items are lobster mac n' cheese, a lobster roll, lobster poutine and a lobster club sandwich, as well as many other seafood treats and dishes (gotta highlight the cod fritters!).
In what can only be described as WTF, a video posted to Café Myriade's Instagram page shows an unknown individual approach a row of flowers planted in front of the cafe's avenue du Mont-Royal location and pull out a whole bunch of them while another individual looks on.
But the real question is: why?
For its part, the café did have a good sense of humour about this.
Café Myriade told MTL Blog that this happened at 3:45 a.m. on Monday morning. They didn't file a police report.
"We did replant what we could," they said.
"If it needs some filler we will gladly do some gardening."