The evolution of Canada's language rights regime

The evolution of Canada's language rights regime
Speaker: Stephanie Chouinard # Universite de Montreal; Hosted by: Centre of Canadian Studies # UoE; Hosted by: Celtic and Scottish Studies # UoE
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20th Apr 2016 17:15 - 20th Apr 2016 19:00
Room G.05, 50 George Square

The Centre of Canadian Studies and Celtic and Scottish Studies are delighted to present a lecture by Dr Stéphanie Chouinard, Université de Montréal and Visiting Scholar, Centre of Canadian Studies, University of Edinburgh.

This talk will aim to shed light on the evolution of Canada’s language rights regime since the adoption of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982. Francophone minority communities as well as Anglo-Quebeckers have since 1982 gradually turned to the courts to have their claims for recognition and autonomy heard and their newly-entrenched language rights interpreted and applied by the judiciary. How did the judges, and the Supreme Court justices in particular, respond to these claims? The talk will demonstrate, through an analysis of the Supreme Court jurisprudence of the last three decades, the advances as well as the limits of legal mobilization in order to drive change in Canada’s language rights regime.