Canada Program Seminar: Engineering Language in Quebec: Bill 101 at Thirty, 12/10

12.06.07

Canada Program Seminar:

Engineering Language in Quebec: Bill 101 at Thirty

Professor Alain-G. Gagnon

Monday, December 10, 4pm

Bowie Vernon Room, WCFIA (2nd fl) 1737 Cambridge Street, Cambridge

Shortly after its first election, in 1976, Quebec's sovereignist  Parti Quebecois,  introduced Bill 101, La Charte de la Langue Francaise. Its goal was the promotion and protection of the French language in the province, which was widely seen as threatened by the continental and Canadian dominance of English. It was a remarkable- and powerful- piece of linguistic engineering and of Quebec's commitment to its nation-building project. The Act has now passed its 30th birthday, a good time to reflect on its birth, its strategies and provisions, and its effects in Quebec's development.

Professor Alain-G. Gagnon, is Professor of Political Science at the Universite du Quebec a Montreal and holder of the Canada Research Chair in Quebec and Canadian Studies. He is a life-long student of Quebec and Canadian politics, and a leading comparative scholar of multinational societies. Among his many publication are Quebec State and Society (2004),  Multinational Democracies (2001) and Federalism, Citizenship and Quebec. Debating Multinationalism (2007).

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