|“The 150th anniversary of Confederation is a unique opportunity to highlight the importance of the entrenchment in the British North America Act, 1867 of the legislative and judicial bilingualism guarantees. The recognition of these language rights was at the heart of the debates of the Fathers of Confederation and the constitutional protection of these rights had a profound effect on the creation and development of our country. While exercising these fundamental rights has often been beset with challenges and even clashes, the progress achieved through political and legal action has had a noticeable impact on the vitality of English and French linguistic minorities of our country. It therefore gives me great pleasure to chair this conference, which will enable participants to discuss these issues with speakers from the legal, political and academic communities.”
As part of the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Confederation, I am pleased to invite you to a unique conference that will be held on March 5, 2017, in Ottawa, at the Sir John A. Macdonald Building.
Chaired by the Honourable Michel Bastarache, this event will bring together law students participating in the Laskin, lawyers, academics and members of the judiciary and Parliament. The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada, has accepted to be the keynote speaker.
As you can see from the program, the themes addressed by our distinguished speakers are engaging and will enable participants to take stock of events since 1867 and evaluate the progress that has been made as well as the current and future challenges that must still be overcome. I am convinced that this program will generate a lot of interest; I therefore encourage you to complete the attached registration form as soon as possible.
This conference, which is organized in collaboration with the Laskin 2017 and the Fédération des associations de juristes d’expression française de common law inc., is made possible by the financial contribution of the Department of Justice Canada under the Access to Justice in Both Official Languages Support Fund, the Centre canadien de français juridique and the Office of the French Language Services Commissioner of Ontario.
This program is recognized by the Law Society of Upper Canada for continuing legal education credits.
|Since many hotels are already full due to the 150th celebrations, we encourage you to make your reservations as soon as possible.
To register, please complete the attached registration form and return it using one of the following methods:
Fax : 819-420-4837
Mail : 30 Victoria Street, 6th Floor, Gatineau, Quebec, K1A 0T8