Box 08-127 LETTER TO THE EDITOR OF THE HAMILTON SPECTATOR by Robert J. Murdock
Oct 6 1955
NO NATIONAL UNITY IN BILINGUALISM1
To the Editor:
In your editorial on September 28 headed The Gap is Closing, you twice gave the inference that Canada has not one but two official languages. I was under the impression that there was but one official language for this Dominion and that one English.
Bilingualism in this country is something one meets in the House of Commons. As you are well aware most French speaking MP's give their speeches in their native tongue, but only a handful of the English speaking members understand and they must digest the speeches next day from Hansard. To claim Canada as a bilingual country is farcical for the only bilingualists in this country are French speaking and they have to learn English.
If, as you claim, this country is bilingual then why did the Quebec Federation of Industrial Relations request Prime Minister St. Laurent to set up a Royal Commission to step us bilingualism?
You claim that bilingualism could strengthen our nation and foster national policy but a two-language policy would do the opposite. There will never be a national unity in Canada as in other countries, notably the U.S.A., until one language and one only is the means of communication between the various races that make up our population.
Robert J. Murdock
1 See Rev. Calvin McQuesten's response to this letter, Box 08-128.