The Supreme Court of Canada hears new questions regarding the scope of section 23 of the Manitoba Act, 1870

Following the 1985 Reference re Manitoba Language Rights, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that, pursuant to section 23 of the Manitoba Act, 1870, orders in council that are legislative in nature and certain documents incorporated by reference were to be in both official languages.

This decision was an extension of the 1985 decision in which the Court ruled that the requirements of section 23 of the Manitoba Act regarding the use of English and French in the Records and Journals of the Manitoba Legislature were mandatory. It was held that the province’s statutes and regulations were to be printed and published in both official languages.