Quebec wants to ban Bonjour-Tere from welcoming businesses

Quebec wants to ban Bonjour-Tere from welcoming businesses

A minister who calls himself a pragmatist and wants Quebec laws to be "easy to apply" said he wanted to do so with proposals unanimously adopted by the National Assembly.

The most recent proposal, submitted by Parti Québécois, invited "all merchants and all employees who come in contact with local and international customers to greet them with the word 'Bonjour'."

He quoted the Office québécois de la & nbsp; langue française, according to which the number of French-language greetings in Montreal fell from 84% to 75% between 2010 and 2017.

Liberals MNA Christine St-Pierre showed herself open to the idea, saying on Friday that if the government introduced a bill on it, she and her party would investigate it.

Earlier on Friday, the PQ MNA deplored Joël Arseneau Legault's "government radio silence" on defending French. He had spoken out about banning Bonjour-Hi, especially in government departments.

He recalled François Legault, leader of the Avenir Québec coalition, saying during the 2018 election campaign that he said he was afraid that his grandchildren would no longer speak French.

"We cannot both say that we are afraid of the future and that immobilism is paralyzing us," Arseneau said. "Normally, fear should be a driving force, and if it wants to make things better, I think it's high time to move forward with the agenda."

For its part, Catherine Dorion, a MNA from Québec, said she would like the government to protect Quebec's culture from American tech giants, apply the bill 101 to crown corporations, and ban Francophone universities from teaching English-language programs.

On 4 September, Legault removed the file from the Minister for Culture, Nathalie Roy, in favor of Jolin-Barrette, who retains her role as Minister of Immigration and Head of Parliament.

Correction: In an earlier version of this story, it was wrong to say that Simon Jolin-Barrette wanted to ban government-run Bonjour-Tere greetings. In fact, his proposal would prohibit greetings from all businesses.

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