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Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism (RCBB)


Royal Commission
on Bilingualism and Biculturalism (RCBB)

Languages Act

Trudeau and the Canadian Charter

Franco-Albertan Politicians

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The 1963 Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism, known as the "Laurendea-Dunton" commission or "B.B." was a created to study the problem of French and English relations in Canada, pertaining to the concept of the Founding Nations of the country. The inquiry travelled the country in its search of answers.

The commission found that French-speakers in Quebec were generally poorer and limited in their economic opportunities. Elsewhere in the country it was not much better, French-Canadians who spoke only French tended to have a harder time of it, and schooling was completely inadequate for their needs. With the Quiet Revolution in Quebec, there was a problem of Canadian identity, something with English-Canadians tended not to be aware of all.

The commission recommended that the use of French be encouraged at the Federal level as well as in certain provinces which had a higher French-speaking population, such as Ontario and New Brunswick. The commission also suggested that better educational opportunities should be created in provinces that had a linguistic minority of 10 percent.


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