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The promise of Canada's official languages declaration

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The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees that French and English are the official languages of Canada and have equality of status and equal rights and privileges as to their use in all institutions of the Parliament and government of Canada. The Supreme Court of Canada would appear to see little potential in the affirmation of Canada’s official languages. Several commentators agree, dismissing the guarantee as no more than symbolic. A different reading is proposed here, embracing the promise of official bilingualism in Canada and outlining some of the consequences that follow from Canada's constitutional commitment to the declaration of two official languages.

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en

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http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/26226/

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