1977

Maxwell Yalden is appointed as the second Commissioner of Official Languages

During this period of constitutional turmoil, Commissioner Yalden stresses that language guarantees require greater tolerance on the part of Canadians than they have shown in the past.

Like his predecessor, Maxwell Yalden did not limit his activities to the single issue of bilingualism in the federal public service.

Under his leadership, the language debate reached a new level. After seven years of efforts to promote bilingualism in the government, the time had come to look after linguistic minorities.

Commissioner Yalden also believed that Canadians needed better access to the services of his office, and so he opened regional offices in Moncton, Winnipeg, Montréal, Sudbury and Edmonton.

Convinced that the Official Languages Act was incomplete, despite its merits, he took great pains to persuade the federal government to amend it before yielding his place to his successor in 1984.