Tetley, William
September 1982
Law & Contemporary Problems;Autumn1982, Vol. 45 Issue 4, p177
Academic Journal
The article surveys the legislative history and political background of the language and education rights in Quebec and Canada. Language and education rights are covered in the British North American Act of 1867, Canadian Bill of Rights and the Official Languages Act. In 1968, Premier Jean-Jacques Bertrand of the Union Nationale presented Bill 85 to protect minority language rights. In 1969, Education Minister Jean-Guy Cardinal presented Bill 63 proposing that English-speaking children be instructed in French. The Consumer Protection Act required that consumer contracts be written in French unless a consumer wants to have it worded in English. Canadians, who opposed the adoption of French as the official language, claim freedom to educate their children in the language of their choice.


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