Language issues have always been subject to debate in Canada. From the Conquest to the Quiet Revolution to the crisis of Regulation 17 to the various judgments of the Supreme Court, these often virulent debates have mobilized citizens—deeply concerned about recognition of their language and their rights—in the street, the media, or the courts. The state has responded with commissions of inquiry, legislation and legal action, and even police surveillance of citizens.
Speaking Up captures the complex and fascinating history of the relationship between language and politics in Canada and Quebec from 1539 to the present. Nuanced and unbiased yet empathetic, the book reveals that the language issue has been at the heart of this country’s political life for centuries.
Translated from the multiple-award-winning Langue et politique au Canada et au Québec (Boréal, 2010). We acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the National Translation Program for Book Publishing for our translation activities.
About the authors
Marcel Martel is a professor in the Department of History at York University, where he holds the Avie Bennett Historica Dominion Institute Chair in Canadian History. He is the author of Not This Time: Canadians, Public Policy, and the Marijuana Question, 1961-1975 (2006), Le Deuil d’un pays imaginé. Rêves, luttes et déroute du Canada français (1997), and co-author of Speaking Up. A History of Language and Politics in Canada and Quebec (2012).
Martin Pâquet is professor of history at Université Laval and holds the Chair for the Development of Research in French Culture in North America (CÉFAN).
Other titles by Marcel Martel
Résistances, mobilisations et contestations
L’Association canadienne-française de l’Ontario (1910-2006)
Le ministère des Affaires extérieures du Canada
Volume II : L’essor, 1946-1968
Canada’s Founding Debates, 1864-1999
Canada and the World in 1867
Roads to Confederation
The Making of Canada, 1867, Volume 2
Canada the Good
A Short History of Vice since 1500
Not This Time
Canadians, Public Policy, and the Marijuana Question, 1961-1975
Nation, Ideas, Identities
Essays in Honour of Ramsay Cook
Le Deuil d'un pays imaginé
Rêves, luttes et déroute du Canada français