Ottawa, May 15, 1963
My dear Premier:
In a speech I made in the House of Commons on December 17, 1962, on the problems posed, and the opportunities offered, in Canada by the duality of language and culture established by confederation, I suggested that a broad and comprehensive inquiry should be conducted, in consultation with the provinces, on bilingualism and biculturalism. That proposal received widespread support in parliament and, I believe, in the country.
I am now writing to ask whether your government would favour such an inquiry by a royal commission with terms of reference such as those annexed to this letter.
Any recommendations from the proposed commission would, of course, not be binding on governments; nor would approval by your government of such a commission with these terms of reference imply any commitment to accept any recommendations that it might make.
I would be most grateful for your early consideration of this matter.
Lester B. Pearson.