The Constitution and Language Rights in Canada

Friday, 15 November 2019 - 11:30 am to 12:50 pm
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351
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The Public Law Centre Speaker Series and the Canadian Francophonie Research Chair in Language Rights present: The Constitution and Language Rights in Canada. Section 55 of the Constitution Act, 1982 calls for the preparation "as expeditiously as possible" of a French version of the portions of the Constitution of Canada referred to in its schedule. More than thirty years later, we are still waiting. Join us for a panel on the development of language rights in Canada, including on the application for declaratory judgment and judicial review filed by Senator Serge Joyal and Professor and Canadian Francophonie Research Chair in Language Rights, François Larocque, which seeks a declaration that the federal government and the Quebec government have an obligation to commence discussions regarding the constitutional amendments necessary to adopt a French version of the constitutional texts. Introduction by: Marie-Eve Sylvestre – Dean of the Civil Law Section and Professor, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law.  Moderator: Vanessa MacDonnell – Associate Professor, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. Panelists include: The Honourable Serge Joyal – Senate of Canada, François Larocque – Canadian Francophonie Research Chair in Language Rights and Professor, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law, Maxine Vincelette – Lawyer, Power Law, Andrée-Anne Martel – Executive Director, Association des juristes d’expression française de l’Ontario & Benoît Pelletier – Professor, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law. Lunch included. All are welcome. 1.5 substantive hours with the Law Society of Ontario.