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The doggedness of the Anglophones

The “Bonjour-Hi” battle continues. Journal de Montréal columnist Denise Bombardier shares her thoughts on the greeting. QCGN President Geoffrey Chambers recently expressed the wish that Canadians be greeted in both official languages.

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Voters will be Greeted By a “Bonjour-Hello”

Voters turning up on October 21 will be greeted with a “bonjour-hello”, causing the Mouvement Quebec française (MQF) to speak out against Elections Canada. Quebec Community Groups Network president Geoffrey Chambers says that a welcome in both official languages is exactly what the English-speaking community supports.

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National Assembly again urges merchants to drop use of “Bonjour-Hi”

The Bonjour-Hi debate is back after Member of the National Assembly voted unanimously in favour of another resolution to eliminate the word “Hi” from the Bonjour Hi greeting. Two English-speaking MNAs voted in favour of the resolution, baffling Quebec Community Groups Network President Geoffrey Chambers. “Promoting and protecting the French language we are all for. Suppressing the English language is not on,” he said via Twitter.  

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Bonjour-Hi: Couillard repents, but anglo group too furious to forgive

“Accused in writing of participating in an exercise that heaped scorn on the English-speaking community, Premier Philippe Couillard has moved to patch up relations in the wake of the Bonjour-Hi debacle.”

Premier Philippe Couillard moved to patch up relations with English-speaking Quebecers in the wake of the Bonjour-Hi debacle after receiving a letter from the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN).

Sources confirmed that the letter landed in Couillard’s mail Tuesday, sparking his comments in the legislature Thursday and an unscheduled afternoon interview with Montreal radio station CJAD. During question period Couillard admitted his government underestimated the negative impact the debate would have on the English-speaking community.

Read the article on the Montreal Gazette website

Parti Québécois Leader Admits “Bonjour-Hi” Ban Was “A Trap” To Make Other Politicians Look Bad

“Jean-François Lisée, leader of the Parti Quebecois, the political party who started the “Bonjour-Hi” debacle that took over the province, revealed the party’s true intentions behind the bill to denounce the iconic bilingual greeting.”

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Bonjour-Hi: English-speakers are surprised by the debate.

“De nombreux anglophones sont surpris du débat actuel sur le «Bonjour-Hi»: ils apprécient l’expression de courtoisie — avec le français en premier — et jugent que l’Assemblée nationale devrait avoir d’autres chats à fouetter.”

Many English-speaking Quebecers are surprised by the political debate that has suddenly sprung up around a common greeting in Montreal. For some business owners, welcoming customers in both French and in English helps make tourists feel comfortable.

James Shea, president of the QCGN, notes that the bilingual greeting opens the door for communication and is a form of respect for the English-speaking minority community in Quebec.

Read the article written by the Presse Canadienne in the Journal Métro