CBS Evening News for Friday, Jun 24, 1977
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(Studio) In Montreal and thruout Quebec prov., French-speaking people celebrate Saint Jean Baptiste Day with signs of French population's ntlstic. fervor. English minority concerned.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite (CBC (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) tape)
(Montreal, Quebec) Paris, France, is only other city with more French-speaking people than Montreal; in Quebec prov., French outno. English 4-I. [English rights group spokesperson Alex PATERSON - says English never before thought of selves this way.] Reason is primarily controversy over bill to make French only official language in prov. for government, business and courts [Celanese Canada Limited spokesperson Bernard COTE - says business language, both national and international, is English and it will be difficult to operate if it can't be used.] Businesses with head offices in Quebec say even now there's trouble getting fresh talent. [Northern Telcom Limited spokesperson Robert SCRIBNER - says many have, and more would, decline jobs. Says bus. can't operate without personnel movement, especially at manager's level.] Mgrs. are mostly English-speaking; this is what bill seeks to change. Percentage of workers of different languages on various levels at Midland-Ross of Canada Limited noted. [Company spokesperson Hugh MARSHALL - says percentages need to change, but it's question of how fast and still make profit.] Effects of proposed bill noted. [PATERSON - cites view of bill's effects on English.] Current changes in progress in prov. noted.
REPORTER: Steve Young