Multiculturalism and the Canadian Constitution

Multiculturalism and the Canadian Constitution

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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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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  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 157.48 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 317.51g
  • 15 Dec 2008
  • University of British Columbia Press
  • Vancouver
  • English
  • 0774814462
  • 9780774814461
  • 1,403,634

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

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