QUEBEC -- Mariya Sadat greets customers in various languages at the Old Montreal souvenir shop where she works. She'll use "bonjour," "hi," or, if it seems appropriate, she'll try a few words of Spanish, Urdu, or German to make them feel welcome. "I want to keep my customers happy and leave them with good memories of when they come to Canada," she said by way of explanation. But while multilingual greetings may seem like common-sense customer service to Montreal retail workers like Sadat, Quebec's provincial politicians appear to disagree. On Thursday, the legislature unanimously adopted a motion calling on store clerks to stick with a simple "bonjour" when addressing customers instead of the hybrid "bonjour/hi" often heard in Montreal. The national assembly members voted 111-0 in favour of the motion, which is not coercive. 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. In 2012, Quebec's language watchdog found that French-only greetings in Montreal had declined to 74 per cent from 89 per cent since 2010. Over the same period, bilingual greetings rose to 13 per cent from one per cent, it added. Leader Jean-Francois Lisee said the vote reaffirms that French is Quebec's official language. But in several Montreal stores, news of the motion was met largely with shrugs and head shakes. Sam Mokhtar, a part-time salesman at a sports memorabilia store, believes a bilingual greeting is a source of pride for the city. "It's good for commerce, for the city, for Montreal's reputation to be bilingual, to be welcoming to the world here," the 75-year-old said. "Around here, everyone is in agreement, it's all about commerce," he added, gesturing at the shopping mall around him. "Politics don't work here." Karam Gebran, who co-owns a coffee shop in Montreal's Old Port that's popular with tourists, believes a unilingual French greeting sends a signal to customers he doesn't speak English. "It gives the wrong message," he said, adding that customers are often worried when they enter his store and see the French-only menu behind the counter. Most of the retailers who