Thursday marks 50th anniversary of N.B.'s Official Languages Act

Thursday marks the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act. 

The New Brunswick Acadian Society says the legislation has lead to the recognition of New Brunswick as the only bilingual province in Canada, shaping it in ways too numerous to count.

The society says that now is the time to propose bold initiatives aimed at promoting both official languages within the province.

President Robert Melanson says promoting the acquisition of a second, or even third language will only help New Brunswick on its journey towards greater prosperity.

He says official bilingualism is part of a social contract that has helped bring both linguistic communities towards a greater understanding and that it's New Brunswick's bilingualism that unites it as a province.

Melanson says that over the last 50 years bilingualism has helped distinguish the province, not only within Canada, but around the world.