Multiculturalism and the Canadian Constitution

Multiculturalism and the Canadian Constitution

Paperback Law and Society (Paperback)

Edited by Stephen Tierney, Contributions by Dyane Adam, Contributions by Daniel Bourgeois, Contributions by Andrew F. Johnson, Contributions by Marc Chevrier, Contributions by Robert J. Currie, Contributions by Jameson W. Doig, Contributions by Katherine Eddy, Contributions by Donald Forbes, Contributions by Hugh M. Kindred

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  • Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 157mm x 231mm x 20mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 15 December 2008
  • Publication City/Country: Vancouver
  • ISBN 10: 0774814462
  • ISBN 13: 9780774814461
  • Sales rank: 1,393,682

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Canada has long held international acclaim for its success as a multicultural society and for its ability to manage diversity through a federal constitution. This collection of essays brings together scholars from law, political science, and history to trace the evolution of multiculturalism within the constitution and to explore issues central to modern debates on multicultural law and policy."Multiculturalism and the Canadian Constitution" examines the constitutional, institutional, and legal aspects of two vital dimensions of "difference" in Canada: multiculturalism and federalism, and French-English relations. The contributors situate contemporary legislation and policy within historical and political context. While some debunk myths about the accommodation of diversity, others examine case studies of individuals and policies. Together, they address key components of the evolving Canadian story: the evolution of multiculturalism within constitutional law and policy; the territorial dimension of federalism, which also embraces language policy; and the role that constitutional interpretation by the courts has played to construct and enhance Canada as a self-consciously multicultural state.

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Author information

Stephen Tierney is Reader in Law at the University of Edinburgh.

Table of contents

Foreword / Dyane Adam; Part 1: Evolution of Multiculturalism and Federalism in the Canadian Constitution; 1 Introduction: Constitution-Building in a Multicultural State / Stephen Tierney; 2 Trudeau as the First Theorist of Canadian Multiculturalism / Donald Forbes; 3 Multicultural Rights, Multicultural Virtues: a History of Multiculturalism in Canada / Michael Temelini; 4 The Canadian Model of Diversity in a Comparative Perspective / Will Kymlicka; 5 The Death of Deference: the Implications of the Defeat of the Meech Lake and Charlotte-town Accords for Executive Federalism in Canada / Ian Peach; 6 Federalism in Canada: A World of Competing Definitions and Views / Marc Chevrier; Part 2: Management of Pluralism in Canada through Constitutional Law and Policy; 7 Repositioning the Canadian State and Minority Languages: Accountability and the Action Plan for Official Languages / Daniel Bourgeois and Andrew F. Johnson; 8 Making International Agreements and Making them Work within a Multicultural Federal State: The Experience of Canada / Hugh Kindred; 9 New Constitutions and Vulnerable Groups: Brian Dickson's Strategies in Interpreting the 1982 Charter / Jameson Doig; 10 Whose Reality? Culture and Context before Canadian Courts / Robert J. Currie; 11 Multiculturalism, Equality and Canadian Constitutionalism: cohesion and difference / Joan Small; 12 Welfare Rights as Equality Rights? Insights from the Supreme Court of Canada / Katherine Eddy; Appendix: Charter of Rights; Contributors; Index.