December 29, 2017 6:14 pm
Updated: December 30, 2017 2:24 am

Focus Montreal: December 23

This week on the show, Global Montreal's senior anchor Jamie Orchard speaks with Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard.

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Focus Montreal introduces Montrealers to people who are shaping our community by bringing their stories into focus.

It airs Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and Sunday at 7:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and midnight.

Take a look at who we’re meeting this week on Focus Montreal:

Bonjour-Hi debacle: the Premier responds 

MNAs representing anglophone communities were in damage control after voting for a motion that urges Montreal store owners to stop using the common greeting.

Anglo affairs minister Kathleen Weil defended the vote by pointing out the Liberals did not support the original wording that referred to “Bonjour-Hi” as an “irritant.”

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PQ leader Jean-François Lisée even admitted that he had “set the oldest trap in the book” for the Liberals by luring them back into the politics around language.

READ MORE: Philippe Couillard asks Quebec anglos for empathy over ‘bonjour, hi’

On the last day of the fall session, Premier Couillard was still trying to put out fires, asking for understanding from the English community.

Global Montreal’s senior anchor Jamie Orchard sat down with Premier Philippe Couillard for a discussion about the divisive debate.

Quebec’s religious neutrality law 

On part two of her year-end interview with Couillard, Jamie Orchard discusses the fallout following the adoption of  Quebec’s religious neutrality law.

READ MORE: Quebec religious neutrality bill suspended by Superior Court judge

“Le Livre du Don”: highlighting the art of giving 

‘Tis the season of giving — but one famous Montrealer is re-thinking what that means.

Justin Kingsley is the creative genius behind the wildly popular Montreal Canadiens reality-TV documentary series 24 CH.

He also co-wrote UFC fighter George Saint-Pierre’s biography, The Way of the Fight.

But these days, Kingsley is all about the act of giving — in fact, so much so that he wrote a book about it.

Jamie Orchard talks to Kingsley about Le Livre du Don, a heartwarming and uplifting collection of 28 stories aimed to inspire most readers to realize they are capable of doing good.

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