“Saint Maquereau” translated from French back into English means nothing other than “Holy Mackerel” but that’s what a lot of people are yelling after hearing the latest from the Quebec Language police raids.
More and more Montreal restaurateurs are angry about the recent visits that seem to be hurting “La Belle Province” rather than adding to its mystique.
The French door knockers have stopped at Joe Beef, an establishment that has been doing a booming business despite the offensive English sign on the window, its located in Montreal’s Little Burgundy neighborhood and Brasserie holder is a restaurant located in the area designated as Montreal’s Old Port district, both have been ordered to remove any of the despicable English from their windows and doors, heaven forbid they have both English above any French.
The bill 101 that was originally brought in to stop places like tire stores, mechanics, or places that refused to put any French anywhere were the original targets of their wrath.
This has now turned into a joke with Italian eateries not allowed to use the word “Pasta” to describe what actually is on your plate?
Can you imagine going to a Greek restaurant in Montreal and trying to decipher the French version of tzatziki? Good luck my friends and by the way how do you say “opa’’?
They have even asked the owners of the establishment to remove the chalk blackboard writing of any English on the daily specials, and these places are in tourist areas, just crazy!
I asked my Francophone friend Francois what he thought and he agreed that the entire bill is being taken out of context and this has gotten out of control.
The talk of separation is only still revered by a few, but don’t expect the rest of Canada to visit anytime soon if this is the way the languages are going to be treated.
What the heck the next thing you know we will be heading to Newfoundland and try to decipher what the heck they are saying, that would make us an Angishore (yes google it) If you don’t have time it means a weak miserable person in Newfoundland.