Joint Committee on the Constitution – The Official Languages Debate

CPAC Special

Joint Committee on the Constitution – The Official Languages Debate

CPAC presents key debates and testimony from the 1980–81 Special Joint Committee on the Constitution of Canada. In this episode, we look at the debate over language rights. Adam Dodek, a professor of law at the University of Ottawa, joins host Peter Van Dusen to provide historical analysis.

On January 29, 1981, Justice Minister Jean Chrétien appears before the committee as MPs and senators continue their clause-by-clause consideration of the proposed constitutional resolution. Discussion focuses on provisions in the proposed Constitution concerning Canada’s official languages.