Fundamental Freedoms - The Charter of Rights and Freedoms
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Language Rights
Access to French and English education

Introduction

The Language Rights in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms are presented in two sections, the Official Languages of Canada and Minority Language Education Rights. This section of the Charter proclaims English and French are the official languages of the country and that federal services must be provided in both languages. This section includes specific provisions for New Brunswick where provincial services are provided in both official languages. Minority Language Education Rights address the rights of Canadian parents to have their children educated in either French or English in any part of the country. Explore this critical cultural section of the Charter.

Lester B. Pearson, 1967. It is one of my secret hopes for Prime Ministers of the future that Canada will some day - perhaps in time for the bicentennial of Confederation, and through the desire of the people and the governments of the provinces - become a truly bilingual country from coast to coast - not by the compulsion of decree, but by the compulsion of desire.
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