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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

Sherbrooke: Trudeau admits he could have spoken English during town hall meeting (FR)

“Le premier ministre Justin Trudeau a mis fin à sa tournée du Québec, mercredi après-midi, et il s’est retrouvé sur la sellette pour avoir parlé uniquement en français lors d’une assemblée citoyenne, la veille.”

This Canadian Press article reviews the event that happened on the evening of Tuesday January 17 in Sherbrooke when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded in French to a question asked to him in English. It follows with Trudeau’s apologies in a press conference the next day in Bishop’s University where he mentions that he responded in English to a question asked in French in Peterborough.

The article follows with QCGN’s comments taken from their press release stating the group wants formal apologies while quoting Geoffrey Chambers and his concerns. The article also features comments from Mouvement impératif français, before announcing other actions Trudeau has done during this brief passage in Quebec.

Read the article in the Metro Journal