Canada's History

Of­fi­cial lan­guages

- Pierre Trudeau

Cana­di­ans have used French and English in par­lia­men­tary de­bates and courts since

Con­fed­er­a­tion, and the coun­try has rec­og­nized them as of­fi­cial lan­guages for the past fifty years. The Of­fi­cial Lan­guages Act of 1969, es­tab­lished un­der for­mer Prime Min­is­ter Pierre El­liott Trudeau’s govern­ment, aimed to en­sure Cana­di­ans had ac­cess to fed­eral ser­vices in ei­ther lan­guage. In 1988, the Of­fi­cial Lan­guages Act was re­vised, and it was up­dated again in 2005, all to ex­tend and to pro­mote the use of both lan­guages.

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