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Bilingualism: Laurendeau memoirs released

"Canada is now in the greatest crisis of its history," reported the Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism. In 1963, the commission known as B&B began touring the country, asking Canadians if it was important to speak both French and English. Many francophones who felt they were losing their language saw separatism as their only recourse. The co-chairs of the commission would have a big duty: to figure out how to give Canada bilingualism and to prevent its two solitudes from splitting apart.

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Father of bilingualism never believed it would work in Canada.
Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: March 20, 1990
Guest(s): Guy Bouthillier, Neil Morrison
Host: Peter Mansbridge
Reporter: Neil MacDonald
Duration: 2:11

Last updated: August 23, 2012

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