Official Languages of Canada, New Essays

Publisher: LexisNexis Canada
Format::  Book, 2
ISBN:: 9780433459477


Mapping the Evolution of Official Bilingualism in Canada

Butterworths Official Languages of Canada, New Essays is a comprehensive collection of Canadian constitution law essays describing how Canada's official languages were affected by the 1982 constitutional reforms. By delving into the historical background, the goals and the shortcomings of the nation's languages policy, these essays represent the most definitive and detailed analysis of the evolution of modern language rights in Canada ever assembled.

Professor Joseph Magnet, one of the nation's most respected constitutional lawyers, heads a team of some of North America's leading academics, lawyers, government officials and writers, each of whom lend their language rights expertise to this unique collection of essays. The resulting publication explores the interactions between minority language individuals and government, specifically the 1982 constitutional reforms - the historical legislation that embedded expanded bilingualism into the fabric of Canadian politics.

Features and Benefits

Considering that language conflicts have been at the heart of most of Canadian constitutional crises - both in the early days of Confederation and in recent times - there has been precious little academic writing devoted to this issue. Official Languages of Canada, New Essays fills this gap with:

Delving into the Heart of the Matter

Official Languages of Canada, New Essays is an indispensable tool for all who work within or enter into the official languages sphere. It brings clarity to the process by which Canada adapted its constitution to deal with official language issues by providing the reader with an understanding of:

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Table of Contents

Avant Propos
Contested Ground: The State and Language Rights in Canada, 1760-2000
Language Rights in Canada: A Theoretical Approach
The Promise of Canada's Official Languages Declaration
Does Beaulac Reorient Judicial Bilingualism?
Constitutional Guarantees for Official Languages in the Legislative Process
Section 20 of the Charter
Section 23 of the Charter: Minority Language Educational Rights
The Future of Canada's Official Language Minorities
Institutional Reform: Maintenance Claims and Equality for Canada's Official Language Minorities
Language Rights in Comparative Perspective: Europe
Loose Ends in a Tattered Fabric: The Inconsistency of Language Rights in the United States


Joseph E. Magnet, F.R.S.C., B.A., LL.B., LL.M., Ph.D.

Joseph Eliot Magnet, F.R.S.C., B.A., LL.B., LL.M., Ph.D., is one of Canada's most respected constitutional lawyers. He clerked for Chief Justice Brian Dickson at the Supreme Court of Canada; served as Crown Counsel in Ottawa; Distinguished Visiting Professor, Boalt Hall Law School, University of California, Berkeley; Visiting Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Haifa, Israel; Visiting Professor, Central European University, Budapest; Distinguished Visiting Professor, Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv University; and Visiting Professor Université de Paris, France. Professor Magnet has acted as counsel in 200 constitutional cases in the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court of Canada, and the trial and appellate courts of Ontario, Quebec and Manitoba.

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