What’s the Laurendeau-Dunton commission?
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During the 20th century, Canada experienced several difficulties related to the protection of the French language and the coexistence of the two founding cultures (French-Canadian and English-Canadian). This is why Prime Minister Lester Bowles Pearson created a commission of inquiry.
The Laurendeau-Dunton commission is also known as the “Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism”.
This commission focused on three main subjects :
- The extent of bilingualism in the federal administration ;
- The role of public and private organizations in promoting better cultural relations ;
- The prospects offered to Canadians to become bilingual (in French and English).
In total, 10 bilingual commissioners, one from each province, were chosen to represent the cultural and linguistic diversity of Canada. They were responsible for making recommendations to ensure recognition of cultural coexistence in Canada.
Thanks to this report, the Canadian Government adopted two official languages : French and English.
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