The book launch of “50 years of Official Bilingualism: Challenges, Analyses and Testimonies” was held on Wednesday, February 25. It is co-authored by OLBI’s Director, Richard Clément and Pierre Foucher, Full professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa. This work takes a retrospective look into the progress made since the final report of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism, some fifty years ago, and on the challenges that we still face today.
During the evening, the Commissioner of Official Languages, Graham Fraser, gave a great summary of all the conferences that were held last year and provided the material that led to this book. In addition, François Charbonneau, Assistant Professor in the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa held the audience spellbound with his dynamic and incisive speech.
This event also attracted media coverage. Here are the links where you can find what was written or recorded:
50 ans de bilinguisme au Canada : lancement d'un livre (in French)
Publication: Radio-Canada – Le café show
(1:47:05-1:53:00) Richard Clément, Institut du bilinguisme et des langues officielles, discute de son ouvrage sur les 50 ans de bilinguisme au Canada.
Cinquante ans de bilinguisme officiel (in French)
Publication: Radio-Canada – Le midi trente Ottawa-Gatineau
(23:30-28:40) Pierre Foucher, Section de droit civil, discute de son ouvrage sur les 50 ans de bilinguisme au Canada.
City's bilingualism policy not working, uOttawa professor says ahead of book launch
Publication: The Ottawa Citizen
Pierre Foucher, Civil Law Section, and Richard Clément, Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, have written a book titled 50 Years of Official Bilingualism, which includes 14 short chapters written by policymakers and watchers from across Canada on the evolution of bilingualism in Canada since the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism recommended a sweeping transformation of bilingual policy in the country in the late 1960s.