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Everyone seems to agree, thank goodness, that it was ridiculous for a goon from the Office québécois de la langue française (OQLF) to order a Montreal Italian restaurant, Buonanotte, to replace Italian words on its menu — pasta, calamari, pesce — with French ones.
Even the Parti Québécois suggests it was overkill: International Relations Minister and sovereigntist brainbox Jean-François Lisée called the reaction “overdone”; language minister Diane De Courcy cited “an excess of zeal.”
And even pearl-clutching Journal de Montréal columnist Sophie Durocher, who deplores the friendly “bonjour-hi” greeting one often encounters in the city’s downtown, agrees that the OQLF overstepped its bounds.
MONTREAL — One of Canada’s most famous restaurants has come forward with its own tale of troubles with Quebec’s language watchdog, days after a flap over the word pasta made…
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