CBS Evening News for Friday, Sep 09, 1977
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(s) Separatist government of Canada's Quebec prov. 2 weeks ago enacted legislature making French official language. English-speaking residents protest, creating language war which has moved into schools.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Montreal, Canada) New law provides that only children with siblings already in English school system or who have at least one parent educated in system can be enrolled in system. However, system is defying law and allowing all to register who want; parents are advised that law exists. [School board chairperson Joan DOUGHERTY - says feeling is that parents' desires for children are fundamental right of parents.] Govt. says it won't use force to take children from schools, but will cut system's funds for each illegal pupil. Reason for law noted. [Teacher Janine LePAGE-CHOQUETTE - cites support of law.] Long-range plans are for French major to take control of economy institutions from English minister, but for present, those most affected by legislature aren't English-Canadians, but immigrants. [Parent Athanasios PTINIS - says French should make others love to learn French language, instead of forcing it on them.] Effects of school system's actions on both French and English residents noted.
REPORTER: Steve Young