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The City of Moncton became officially bilingual in 2002.< /p>

On August 6, 2002, Moncton became officially bilingual following a resolution by city council. This was a first not only in New Brunswick but also in the country.

“Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Well, who would have thought? A page of history is about to be written in Moncton. The city will become the first officially bilingual Canadian city in a few minutes. »

— Abbé Lanteigne, August 6, 2002

Host Abbé Lanteigne and journalist Danielle Savoie discuss the adoption of the resolution making Moncton the first bilingual city in Canada.

The Atlantic TonightAugust 6, 2002.

The host, Abbé Lanteigne, underlines the historic nature of this day, as the resolution is about to be adopted by the municipal council.

Journalist Danielle Savoie is on hand to follow the event live.

She mentions the absence of a few municipal councillors, probably resistant to bilingualism.

This absence makes possible the unanimous adoption of the resolution.

This is a major event for the City of Moncton, which lived for several years under the reign of Mayor Leonard Jones, who was fiercely opposed to bilingualism.

With this declaration of official bilingualism, Mayor Brian Murphy wants to lead by example and send a message of openness to the Acadian population, which constitutes one third of the population. of Moncton.

A battle that lasted more than 30 years preceded the proclamation of bilingualism by the City of Moncton.

It's 1972.

Quebec filmmakers Pierre Perrault and Michel Brault released their film L'Acadie that year. , Acadia.

The film, with a very pessimistic tone on the future of the French fact in New Brunswick, rekindles the protest spirit of the students of the Université de Moncton .

Report by journalist René Mailhot on the student protest in favor of bilingualism in the city of Moncton

A report by journalist René Mailhot, dated January 16, 1972, illustrates the atmosphere of struggle that prevailed in Acadian university circles at that time.

It should be remembered that, as early as 1968, students from the Université de Moncton took to the streets to protest against the stubborn refusal of Mayor Leonard Jones to provide services in their language to the Acadians who live in the city.

Furthermore,L'Acadie, l'Acadierelaunches, within a wider audience, the struggle of Acadians for obtaining services in French in the City of Moncton.

Report by journalist Eldred Savoie on the battle for bilingualism in the city of Moncton

The April 28, 1979, the journalist Eldred Savoie presents, within the framework of the program Hebdo-Saturday, an overview and an assessment of this fight.

We see in particular the scene during which Mayor Jones speaks in a humiliating manner to the student representative of the Université de Moncton when he asks to speak in French before City Council.

Mayor Leonard Jones left the City of Moncton in 1974.

This n&#x27 It is only 28 years later that Moncton will become officially bilingual when Brian Murphy is mayor of the city.

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