The Bonjour/Hi fiasco
In the midst of a pandemic, the provincial government decided to give the OQLF its biggest budget boost in more than 25 years - $5 million to hire 50 more language inspectors, including an 11 member squad dedicated to the inspection of signs in this province, and to the apparent harassment of small business owners struggling to survive.
While no one disputes the fact the French language must be protected, the idea that it’s best achieved by quashing the use of English is both offensive and misguided. Add to this comments made by the head of Montreal’s Chamber of Commerce no less, that saying “bonjour/hi” (a debate I thought was over) could be considered offensive to some and shouldn’t be used, and it becomes clear that the attack on English continues.
Introducing the “bonjour/Hi” T-shirt, affirming the right to use the phrase with a thumbs up and unofficial approval from the OQLF- until such time as they decide T-shirts are against the rules too. Like last year’s “Historic Quebec Anglo” T-shirt, proceeds from the sales will go to the Gazette Xmas Fund to help needy Montrealers.
Are you in fact a
Historic Quebec anglophone
If you are, you will be entitled to continue receiving services in English from the government and its various agencies and departments (at least from the same ones that make them available now). If you are not, then you will find new restrictions limiting your access to those same services. You may be asking, why this is necessary. Why would you suddenly need to ‘prove’ your historical status as an anglophone in Quebec?