Canada: How Far Can the French Opt Out?

"There is grave danger to the future of Canada and all Canadians. What is at stake is the very fact of Canada. The clash of English and French could destroy the country, if permitted to deepen." So said a ten-man royal commission last week after 18 months spent examining Canada's most pressing problem—the deep division between French-and English-speaking Canadians.

Set up by Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson at the height of the French Canadian separatist terrorism in 1963, the commission dug back into Canadian history, traveled all across the country interviewing hundreds of organizations and more than 11,000 individuals. It...

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