The Court of Appeal for Ontario overturns the decision to close the Hôpital Montfort
In 1997, the Ontario Health Services Restructuring Commission had announced its intention to close the Montfort hospital, the only French-language university hospital in the entire province.
Following this announcement, Franco-Ontarians joined forces, and a legal battle ensued. The Court of Appeal for Ontario based its decision on the unwritten constitutional principle of the protection of minorities (first recognized in Reference re Secession of Quebec) and rendered judgment in favour of the Montfort petitioners.
Franco-Ontarians returned in droves to Lansdowne Park in Ottawa on March 22, 2017, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their now-famous rally to save Montfort hospital.