1986

The Supreme Court of Canada adopts a restrictive approach to the way in which language rights are considered

The Court renders its decisions in the MacDonald, Société des acadiens du Nouveau-Brunswick and Bilodeau cases.

According to the Supreme Court, because language rights ensued from a political compromise between the founding peoples at the time of federal union, they should be approached with “restraint.” It was not up to the courts to advance the equality of the official languages, but rather the legislative body.