1974

Moncton Mayor Leonard Jones challenges the validity of New Brunswick’s Official Languages Act

He asks the Supreme Court of Canada to render a decision on the authority of Parliament and the Government of New Brunswick to pass language legislation.

The Court unanimously affirmed that Parliament and the Government of New Brunswick do indeed have the authority to take such measures and thus confirmed the validity of Canada’s Official Languages Act. The decision also stipulated that the language guarantees provided in the British North America Act, 1867, did not prevent legislators from extending the scope of those guarantees.