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An opinion piece written by the Director of the International Observatory on Language Rights, Professor Érik Labelle Eastaugh, was published in the Telegraph Journal today, supporting the declaration of the unconstitutionality of the appointment of a unilingual person to the position of Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick. The article is intended to clarify certain principles regarding the substantive equality of New Brunswick's two official languages and two official language communities, and demonstrates the validity of the decision of Justice DeWare, Chief Justice of the Court of Queen's Bench of New Brunswick.

The article is available on the Telegraph Journal's website (paid access)
On April 14, 2022, Chief Justice DeWare of the New Brunswick Court of Queen's Bench declared the appointment of a unilingual person to the position of Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick unconstitutional. The judge did not, however, overturn the appointment of Brenna Louise Murphy, the current Lieutenant-Governor, because of the multiple constitutional and political effects that such a decision would have. This declaratory judgment does however signal to the federal government that it must respect the equality of New Brunswick's two official languages and two official language communities.

Click here to view the decision (french)
The Observatory is very pleased to announce that the journal Minorités linguistiques et société has published its 17th issue, entitled 50 Years of Implementing the Official Languages Act: Review and Prospects.

The International Observatory on Language Rights

The International Observatory on Language Rights aims, on the one hand, to promote the vitality of minority language communities in Canada by urging these communities to take part in the development of their rights and, on the other hand, to acquaint other countries with the Canadian experience by sharing with them how Canada has dealt with its official languages problems. Conversely, the Observatory hopes to help Canadians gain better insight into the linguistic situation in other countries, thereby providing an opportunity to learn from their experience, and offering different problem-solving avenues.

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