National Assembly urges stores to stop saying 'Bonjour / Hi'

The National Assembly has passed a motion calling on store clerks to stick with a simple ``bonjour'' when greeting customers instead of the hybrid ``bonjour/hi'' often heard in Montreal.
   
Politicians voted unanimously on the Parti Quebecois motion.
   
The PQ says too many people are speaking both French and English to customers and notes that ``bonjour'' is one of the most recognized words in the French language.
   
Leader Jean-Francois Lisee says today's vote reaffirms that French is Quebec's official language.
   
The issue touched off a heated debate in the National Assembly on Wednesday that was triggered by census numbers suggesting a slight drop in the use of French in the workplace.
   
Premier Philippe Couillard called the debate ridiculous but admitted his preference for a French-only greeting.