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Amending the Official Languages Act: A New Vision of Bilingualism?

Polèse, Mario (2022). Amending the Official Languages Act: A New Vision of Bilingualism? IRPP Insight, Montréal.

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Canada’s linguistic map has changed. French continues to decline, as immigrants and native-born francophones, notably outside Quebec, shift to English. Bill C-13, an amendment to the Official Languages Act, is a brave attempt to come to terms with this new reality. However, like its predecessors, Bill C-13 remains a captive of its past and wedded to the principle of equal language rights, an individual right irrespective of place. A more forceful attempt to arrest the decline of French and create a new vision of bilingualism would include a recognition of the pivotal role played by Quebec in the maintenance of French in Canada, an obligation to harmonize federal language legislation with Quebec’s and, outside Quebec, an attempt to give more substance to “Regions with a Strong Francophone Presence” and propose strong measures in favour of French.

Type de document: Rapport
Informations complémentaires: This Insight was first published in June 2022 and updated in October 2022 following the release of the 2021 census data. The update is available in Appendix B. This study was published as part of the research of the Centre of Excellence on the Canadian Federation, under the direction of Charles Breton and assisted by Ji Yoon Han. A French translation of this text is available under the title: La refonte de la Loi sur les langues officielles : une nouvelle vision du bilinguisme ?
Mots-clés libres: Déclin du français; bilinguisme; lois linguistiques fédérales; langues officielles; Québec; Canada
Centre: Centre Urbanisation Culture Société
Date de dépôt: 18 nov. 2022 20:23
Dernière modification: 18 nov. 2022 20:23
URI: https://espace.inrs.ca/id/eprint/13111

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