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Canadian Jews Submit Views on Bilingualism to Royal Commission

May 1, 1964
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The Canadian Jewish Congress decided at an executive meeting here today to present a brief to the Royal Commission on bilingualism and biculturalism asking that its terms of reference be altered. The meeting, chaired by Michael Garber, brought together representatives from Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Fredericton to discuss questions of particular interest to the Jewish community.

The Congress did not argue with the historical verity of the two-founding-races concept, nor the wish to see Canada recognize both English and French as official and equal languages. Saul Hayes, Congress executive vice-president, pointed out the “danger” of English and French-Canadians becoming thought of as first class citizens’ to the exclusion of minority groups. The Congress further objected to the use of the word “race” in the commission’s terms of reference.

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