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Multiculturalism and the Canadian Constitution

Together, the strands of Canada’s diversity tell a complex story of pluralism, consolidated through a long and incremental period of constitution-building. This book brings together scholars of cultural diversity to address key components of the changing Canadian story: the evolution over time of multiculturalism within Canadian constitutional law and policy; the territorial dimension of Canadian federalism; and the role of constitutional interpretation by the courts in the development of Canada as a multicultural state. The essays illustrate how deeply multiculturalism is woven into the fabric of the Canadian constitution and the everyday lives of Canadians.

256 pages

Law and Society

Table of Contents

Introduction: Constitution Building in a Multicultural State / Stephen Tierney

Part 1: The Evolution of Multiculturalism and Federalism in the Canadian Constitution

1 Trudeau as the First Theorist of Canadian Multiculturalism / Hugh Donald Forbes

2 Multicultural Rights, Multicultural Virtues: A History of Multiculturalism in Canada / Michael Temelini

3 The Canadian Model of Diversity in a Comparative Perspective / Will Kymlicka

4 The Death of Deference: the Implications of the Defeat of the Meech Lake and Charlottetown Accords for Executive Federalism in Canada / Ian Peach

5 Federalism in Canada: A World of Competing Definitions and Views / Marc Chevrier

Part 2: The Management of Pluralism in Canada through Constitutional Law and Policy

6 Repositioning the Canadian State and Minority Languages: Accountability and the Action Plan for Official Languages / Daniel Bourgeois and Andrew F. Johnson

7 Making International Agreements and Making them Work within a Multicultural Federal State: The Experience of Canada / Hugh Kindred

8 New Constitutions and Vulnerable Groups: Brian Dickson’s Strategies in Interpreting the 1982 Charter / Jameson Doig

9 Whose Reality? Culture and Context before Canadian Courts / Robert J. Currie

10 Multiculturalism, Equality, and Canadian Constitutionalism: Cohesion and Difference / Joan Small

11 Welfare Rights as Equality Rights? Insights from the Supreme Court of Canada / Katherine Eddy



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