March 27, 2013 6:17 pm
Updated: March 27, 2013 6:19 pm

‘Pastagate’-based benefit planned for April Fool’s in Montreal

Buonanotte was targeted in February by Quebec's language police for having the word "pasta" on their menu.

Martin Hazel / Global News

MONTREAL – It’s no joke! On April Fool’s Day, the Special Committee for Canadian Unity and are hosting a comedy event to draw awareness to linguine…er…linguistic bullying.

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The “pastagate”-based benefit will take place in front of Restaurant Buonanotte on St. Laurent Boulevard, where the infamous “pastagate” story began, throwing Quebec’s language police into hot water and making headlines around the world.

The event will take place between 6:00 and 10:00 pm.  Information is available online at Tickets for the show start at $100 and the public is asked to bring boxes of pasta.

It’s even drawing attention from Edmonton East MP Peter Goldring, who spoke out against Quebec language tensions in the House of Commons last week.

“Imagine, no pasta on an Italian Restaurant Menu,” Goldring said in his parliamentary address. “Throughout the world from Australia to England to, of course, Italy, they regaled at this farce and at the silliness of the separatists.  Welcome to Pastagate!”

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