Speaking Up A History of Language and Politics in Canada and Quebec

ISBN-10: 1926662938

ISBN-13: 9781926662930

Edition: 2012

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Speaking Uppresents a wide overview of the history of the relationship between language and politics in Canada and Quebec from 1539 to the present. Language issues have always been subject to debate in Canada. From the Conquest to the Quiet Revolution to the crisis of Regulation 17 to the various judgments of the Supreme Court, these often virulent debates have mobilized citizens—deeply concerned about recognition of their language and their rights—in the street, in the media, or in the courts. The state has responded with commissions of inquiry, legislation and legal action, and even police surveillance of citizens.A fascinating history of sound and fury, debates and struggles, tensions, but also of appeasement, Speaking Uptraces the long history of the language issue. Nuanced and unbiased yet empathetic, it shows that language has been at the heart of this country's political life for centuries.Translated from the multiple-award-winning Langue et politique au Canada et au Québec(Boréal, 2010).
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Between the Lines
Publication date: 10/29/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 300
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Marcel Martel is an associate professor in the Department of History and holder of the Avie Bennett Historica Chair in Canadian History at York University.

The relation between language and politics
General trends in the language issue
The six phases of a movement
From religion to language: 1539-1848
The king's language and faith
Ordinance of Villers-Cotter�ts on the Administration of Justice (August 1539)
Emergence of a new language issue
Nationalizing language
The 92 Resolutions (1834)
The first language tremors: The school crises in Canada, 1848-1927
Prohibiting in a context of fear
Regulation 17: Circular of Instruction No. 17 for Ontario Separate Schools for the School Year 1912-1913
Quebec: denouncing and enacting
The LaVergne Law (1910)-An Act to amend the Civil Code, respecting contracts made with public utility companies
Showing solidarity to improve action
All quiet on the front: From the repeal of Regulation 17 to the Laurendeau-Dunton Commission, 1927-63
Questions of identity and language
Where were governments through all of this?
An Act to amend the Civil Service Act (1938)
Turmoil and new questioning
The Impertinences of Brother Anonymous (1959)
Action-reaction: Commissions of inquiry and agitation, 1963-69
Speaking out
Channelling the citizens' voices
Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism (1963)
Commission of Inquiry on the Situation of the French Language and the Language Rights of Francophones (1968)
Urging the state to act
Action: Language laws, 1969-82
Ottawa's solution: institutional bilingualism
Canada's Official Languages Act (1968-69)
Quebec's common good: from freedom of choice to unilingualism
Charter of the French Language (1977)
The multiple provincial language policies
Law and language since 1982
Law as the new language environment
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1982)
Reference re Secession of Quebec (1998)
An Act respecting the exercise of the fundamental rights and prerogatives of the Qu�bec people and the Qu�bec State, called Bill 99 (2000)
Mapping the interpretations of the Charter
The vitality of minority communities and Aboriginal peoples
General trends in the language issue
How to live together: the weight of citizens' actions
The duties of living together: the permanency of law and norms
The will to live together: language between market and memory
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