The French Canadian province of Canada has banned its citizens from saying ‘Hello’.
Last week, the provincial legislature called the National Assembly of Quebec passed a motion banning store clerks or anyone in the service industry from saying ‘Hi’ or ‘Hello’ in English, mandating that all greetings must be said only in French.
Anything other that ‘Bonjour’ or ‘Bonsoir’ are not legally permissible.
Canadian mainstream media hardly reported it as most Canadians are weary of the on going racist language laws of Quebec known as Bill 101.
Though, it was mentioned briefly online here on Global News.
This latest attack on English and English Canadians comes on the heals of the provinces Niqab ban alternatively called the ‘Religious Neutrality Law’. Article Here.
Like in George Orwell’s book 1984, Quebec laws are given names opposite their actual function. As Quebec’s ban on English is defended as a ‘protection of French culture’, the ban on the Niqab is masked as a ‘Neutrality’ bill to reinforce Quebec’s ‘values’. Namely their racist values.
If these laws had been passed in English Canada, there would have been a media uproar and accusations of discrimination, as were hurled against former Prime Minister Stephen Harper when his government chose to require new Canadians to remove face coverings during citizenship ceremonies.
Yet, French racism has been allowed to stand for nearly 50 years. It seems French Canadians disagree with the Prime Minister they helped elect. Diversity it seems, is not our strength.