Quebec is now saying au revoir to the common greeting "Bonjour-hi" commonly used throughout the province, but especially in English-speaking and tourist epicentres like Montreal.

Provincial lawmakers introduced a mandate on Thursday that calls on businesses to no longer use the hyphenated greeting. Instead, businesses and shop owners should greet their customers simply with "bonjour."

The motion doesn't actually carry any legal power and can't be enforced, but it did involve plenty of debate for two days at Quebec's National Assembly, with political representatives calling the greeting an "irritant" within the province.

After passing with a unanimous vote, local and national news sources spread the new motion ruling, and people immediately started sharing their two cents on Twitter.

A brief perusal through the tweets shared under the hasthag #bonjourhi will give you an accurate representation of how heated and riddled in confusion this political debate is getting across the province and country.

People have been tearing apart the ruling since the news broke, many citing how un-Canadian it is to tell people what words they can and cannot use, while others perhaps rightly say that the greeting "bonjour-hi" is much more inclusive and respectful to all Canadians.

And although the motion to revert to a French-only greeting may have been an attempt to preserve Francophone dominance in the province, other Quebecois people find the exclusion of English words to be a dismissal of the province and Canada's bilingualism and heritage.

Meanwhile, others expressed a sentiment that was surely on a lot of people's minds:

It seems that many Canadians, whether they be Francophone, Anglophone or bilingual, are pretty against this mandate and find it to be ridiculous. We're predicting that a lot of "rebellious" Quebecois Canadians will continue to use the forbidden "H" word.

Source: CBC

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