The Supreme Court found in favour of parents Jean-Claude Mahé, Angéline Martel and Paul Dubé in the landmark case that started in 1983.
The decision was a milestone in Francophone community development because it clarified the scope of the rights of linguistic minorities to have their own schools and manage them.
Following this ruling for an Alberta-based case, Francophone school governance slowly began to develop in other provinces and territories. Other Supreme Court decisions followed, including the Manitoba Reference of 1993, which led to Francophones’ right to school governance in Manitoba (Reference re Public Schools Act (Man.),  1 S.C.R. 839).