Monday, September 27, 2010

Census Challenge to Be Heard in Federal Court

CBC reports that the Federal Court of Canada will hear argument today on a Charter challenge by a Francophone association to the Harper government's voluntary "census" law:

The Federation of Francophone and Acadian Communities of Canada has asked the court to void the Harper government's new policy, but it also wants an injunction that would keep the new census from being distributed this year.

The federation, which has also filed a complaint with Canada's official languages commissioner about the census change, argues that the government's new policy violates not only the Official Languages Act, but also the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The case is listed as FÉDÉRATION DES COMMUNAUTÉS FRANCOPHONES ET AL. c. SA MAJESTÉ LA REINE ET AL. (JR-Bilingual) - S. 18.1 Application for Judicial Review.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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