NBC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 27, 1977
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(Studio) Bill is introduced in Quebec legislature to force French language on those speaking English in province; Quebec government expected to push it, though economy disaster has been predicted if it passes.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Montreal, Canada) 80% of commerce in Quebec is controlled by 20% of population, English-speaking minority. Most of work force is French and most management jobs. held by English. proposed law would grant workers right to communicate in French only and require mgrs. to answer only in French. [Culture minister Camille LAURIN - says economy dominance of English minister hasn't allowed French to develop in business world.] Survey by Montreal Board of Trade finds issue already causes problems. [Board spokesperson Bernard FINESTONE - cites survey findings.]
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