Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Wheres the Tescos?

In 1977, Quebec introduced its Charter of the French Language (the so-called "Bill 101") to promote and preserve the French language in the province, directly challenging the federal bilingualism policy. Most controversially, the charter bans the use of English on commercial signs in the province, and forbids children from attending English-language public schools unless their parents received the majority of their education in English, in Quebec.

But then in 1988 the Supreme Court of Canada, ruled that the commercial sign law provisions of the Quebec Charter of the French Language, banning the use of the English language on outdoor signs, were unconstitutional.

All outdoor signs in Montreal are in French, only sometimes do they have an English translation in small letters underneath.


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