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French Language Charter

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Published on Dec 31, 2010

August 1977 - the new Parti Quebecois government begins instituting its first major policy initiative: the Charter of the French Language, the aim of which is to make education, administration, labour and commerce in Quebec correspondingly reflective of the French majority instead of the English minority. Better known as Bill 101, the limits the legislation grants the provincial government to enforce on the English language has been a cause of contention with federal authority not only from its inception but through the subsequent decades up to the present day.

The second news story in this video is from early September of 1978 and concerns the relative positive effect of Bill 101's enforcement after one year on increasing the presence of French in Montreal. A third and forth clip, both from December of 1979, when Joe Clark was still Prime Minister, detail the immediate and various political responses to the Supreme Court of Canada's unanimous negation of elements in the Bill preventing the fair allowance of English for government services in Quebec, as well as within the Quebec National Assembly. djat
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