1963

Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson establishes the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism

The mandate of the Royal Commission is to inquire into and report on the existing state of bilingualism and biculturalism in Canada.

In a way, this is the start of the bilingualism adventure.

The Royal Commission, chaired by André Laurendeau and Davidson Dunton, was mandated to recommend what steps should be taken to develop the Canadian Confederation on the basis of an equal partnership between the two founding races, taking into account the contribution made by the other ethnic groups to the cultural enrichment of Canada and the measures that should be taken to safeguard that contribution.

The Laurendeau-Dunton Commission ran for seven years and marked a turning point in Canadian history.

Source: Duncan Cameron / Library and Archives Canada, Accession number 1970-015 NPC, PA-209871.

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