1989

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal rules in favour of the right to publicly funded French-language education in Cape Breton

The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal overturned two 1988 decisions by the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, finding instead that the appellants have the right to have their children receive publicly funded primary and secondary education in the language of the minority.

The Court of Appeal favoured a broad and liberal interpretation of section 23 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Fifty is the number of children deemed to be sufficient to warrant the provision of French instruction under section 23(3)(a) but not enough to warrant a French-language facility.

Lavoie et al. v A.G.N.S., (1989) N.S.J. No. 100

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