The federal government introduces the first bilingual postage stamps

To mark the 60th anniversary of Confederation, Canada Post issues a series of five stamps.

In honour of the country’s Diamond Jubilee, Canada Post issued stamps in the languages of the two founding peoples: English and French.

This was a first in the history of Canada Post. The organizers of the Jubilee celebrations saw the stamps as a strong commitment to federal bilingualism. At the time, the mail was the primary means of communication between Canadians and their federal government.

The bilingual stamps were approved by Postmaster General Pierre Veniot, an Acadian who wanted to promote federal bilingualism and the importance of both official languages throughout Canada. Veniot also introduced bilingual forms for the Canadian postal system.