THE LANGUAGE PROVISIONS OF THE CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT BILL 1978
AbstractThis article outlines language rights in three areas of the proposed Constitutional Amendment Act, 1978: 1) the statement of aims, 2) House of Federation provisions, and 3) Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The author believes the first will serve little more than an educational function, and that the double majority principle created by Parliament’s partial veto power in the second may do as much to hinder efforts to improve the status of French as efforts to weaken it. He focuses on strengths and weaknesses of individual and collective rights in the Charter and the federal proposal’s failure to contemplate radical change, necessitating further debate and inquiry into potential effects on national unity.
Keywords:Constitutional Law, Language and Languages
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