1988

The Supreme Court of Canada renders its decision in the Ford case

Quebec invokes the notwithstanding clause of the Constitution to retain the exclusive use of French on outdoor signage.

Following a Supreme Court of Canada ruling that declared sections of the Charter of the French Language dealing with unilingual signs invalid because they violated the principle of freedom of expression, Quebec used the notwithstanding clause of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to uphold the exclusive use of French on outdoor signage.