8:42 A.M. 12 years of court time and cost … For 54 bucks ?!!! …

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The francophone community that fought a 12-year court battle to have an Alberta traffic ticket issued in French as part of a larger bid for bilingual provincial legislation will shift its efforts to the political arena after a defeat in the country’s highest court … The Supreme Court of Canada said Friday Alberta is not constitutionally required to enact its laws in both English and French … The decision ended a legal odyssey that started in 2003 when a francophone truck driver argued that his $54 traffic ticket and the proceedings associated with it should be in French …

‘ Our work now is clearly an effort in the political arena , to get the goodwill of the provincial government to take some formal positions , whether it be a French language services policy or to do something else to recognize the presence of the francophone community ‘ said Jean Johnson , president of the French Canadian Association of Alberta … Johnson said he was ‘ hopeful ‘ after a ‘ great ‘ discussion Friday with Minister of Culture and Tourism David Eggen … He said a meeting with Premier Rachel Notley was in the works … ‘ We can’t let the disappointment ( of the court decision ) blur our focus ‘ he said … The top court issued a 6-3 decision against appellants Gilles Caron and Pierre Boutet, who had both received traffic tickets in English in Alberta …

The court found their arguments were inconsistent with the historical documents they relied on … The men argued legislative bilingualism extended to modern Alberta based on an assurance given by Parliament in 1867 and in the 1870 order which led to the creation of the province … The majority of the Supreme Court found Caron and Boutet’s position would require the court to believe the status of legislative bilingualism in Alberta was fundamentally misunderstood by virtually everyone involved in the Commons debate when the province was created … ‘ The legislative history post-1870 cannot support an inference regarding the 1870 order that is helpful to the appellants ‘ the court said … ‘ There is simply no evidence that this joint administration was part of the implementation of a constitutional guarantee … The evidence is , in fact , entirely to the contrary ‘ … A provincial court judge had initially ruled in Caron’s favour , but the top court found that decision ‘ in error ‘ …

In a news release , Caron stated it was ‘ unfortunate that the Crown and the Canadian government made promises to the French Métis to secure annexation , but that it was allowed to ignore them years later … It is deeply concerning when a government does not respect its solemn promises ‘ Roger Lepage , a Saskatchewan lawyer who has handled Caron’s case from the start , said he finds it unacceptable that Canada protected the anglophone minority in Quebec but chose not to protect the francophone minority outside Quebec …

He urged the new federal Liberal government to act … ‘ The Trudeau government now should fund the Saskatchewan and Alberta governments to make sure that all the laws are now translated ‘ …  

In a 1988 decision , the Supreme Court of Canada found the power to legislate language belongs to both the federal and provincial levels of government , under their respective legislative authority … The same year , Alberta passed its Languages Act which says ‘ all acts and regulations may be enacted , printed and published in English only ‘ …

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MORBNOTE ; In the span of 12 YEARS !!! … Imagine the tens of thousands of dollars all the lawyers pocketed by taking a 54 buck ticket all the way to the Supreme Court in the name of ‘ Kbec  ‘ !!! …

Source: Alberta’s English-only laws are constitutional: Supreme Court of Canada | Edmonton Journal

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