Bilingual Today, United Tomorrow: Official Languages in Education and Canadian Federalism

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 2005 - EDUCATION - 271 pages
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Hayday shows how the language programs and policies initiated by the Trudeau government supported French-Canadian and Acadian minority communities, enabling them to develop minority language education systems and laying the groundwork for the minority language education rights contained in section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He examines how the dynamics of Canadian federalism shaped the implementation and development of language policy in six Canadian provinces and shows how advocates of these programs - politicians, bureaucrats, parents, lobbyists, and teachers - worked to ensure their success. These dynamic programs not only guaranteed minority language education rights but dramatically increased access to French second language instruction, particularly through the innovative new sector of French immersion.
 

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Contents

1 A Century of Language Conflict in Canada
16
2 From Royal Commission to Government Policy 19631970
35
3 Growing Pains and Intergovernmental Squabbles 19701976
63
A New English Canadian Consensus 19761979
100
5 The Constitutional Debâcle and the Rise of Language Rights 19791983
128
OfficialLanguages Discourse and Canadian National Identity
168
Federal Funding of the Official Languages in Education Program
187
Notes
193
Bibliography
229
Index
249
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