CBC celebrates 75 years of Regional Programming (Clip 5)


From the late 1930s to the late 1950s, Maurice Duplessis ruled Quebec with an iron fist. His two terms in office have been labelled “la grande noirceur”- the great darkness. His detractors point to his close ties to the Catholic Church, his meagre investment in social services, and his anti union activities. But supporters recall the tight ship Duplessis ran — Quebec had no debt, minimal unemployment and a booming construction industry. In 1974 on the program This Country in the Morning, Michael Enright discussed Duplessis’ legacy with historian and publisher Conrad Black. Michael asked Mr. Black whether he considered Duplessis a dictator. In 1977, when the Parti Québécois first introduced Bill 101. Under the bill, even the apostrophe ‘s’ in Eaton's became illegal. The bill's defenders said such measures were necessary to protect a dwindling French culture and language from English dominance.

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