Overseas Decisions Bulletin



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Supreme Court of Canada: 2015 SCC 56.
Judgment delivered: 20 November 2015.
Coram: McLachlin CJ, Abella, Rothstein, Cromwell, Moldaver, Karakatsanis, Wagner, Gascon and Cote JJ.
Catchwords:
Constitutional law — Language rights — Alberta laws and regulations — Alberta Languages Act provides provincial laws and regulations be enacted, printed and published in English only — Whether Languages Act is ultra vires or inoperative insofar as it abrogates constitutional duty owed by Alberta to enact, print and publish its laws and regulations in both English and French — Meaning of “legal rights” in 1867 Address to Queen concerning Rupert’s Land and North‑Western Territory — Languages Act, R.S.A. 2000, c. L‑6 — Rupert’s Land and North‑Western Territory Order (1870) (U.K.) (reprinted in R.S.C. 1985, App. II, No. 9), Schs. A, B.
Provincial offences — Highways — Traffic offences — Alberta law and regulation under which accused were charged enacted, printed and published in English only — Whether Traffic Safety Act and other laws and regulations that have not been enacted, printed and published in both English and French unconstitutional — Languages Act, R.S.A. 2000, c. L‑6 — Traffic Safety Act, R.S.A. 2000, c. T‑6 — Use of Highway and Rules of the Road Regulation, Alta. Reg. 304/2002.
Held (6:3): Appeals dismissed.

R v Appulonappa




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