The court hears arguments in case #28807, Glenda Doucet-Boudreau, et al. v. Attorney General of Nova Scotia, on October 4, 2002.
Glenda Doucet-Boudreau, et al. are francophone parents living in Nova Scotia. At their request, a judge issued an order to the government of Nova Scotia and the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial that homogenous, publicly funded French-language facilities and programs be provided at the secondary level, in respect of the parents’ rights under section 23 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The judge further retained jurisdiction to hear reports on the status of efforts to this end made by the province and the Conseil scolaire. The province appealed this latter part of the judge’s order and the Court of Appeal subsequently struck it down, holding that the judge had no further jurisdiction over the matter. The parents are appealing that decision to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Lawyer Michel Doucet presents arguments on behalf of the Fédération nationale des conseilleurs scolaires francophones, an intervener in the case. Lawyer Roger Lepage presents arguments on behalf of the Fédération des associations de juristes d’expression française de common law inc., an intervener in the case. Lawyer Laura Snowball presents arguments on behalf of the Official Languages Commissioner of Canada, an intervener in the case.