Supreme Court of Canada decision: Right to Speak French or English

The Supreme Court of Canada released the following decision:

 

Mazraani v. Industrial Alliance Insurance and Financial Services Inc., 2018 SCC 50, File no. 37642

 

Case Brief

 

(Constitutional law — Charter of Rights  — Official languages — Use of official languages in federal courts — Hearing in Tax Court of Canada conducted primarily in English despite requests by witnesses and by counsel to speak in French — Whether language rights of parties, witnesses or counsel at hearing were violated — If so, determination of appropriate remedy — Constitution Act, 1867, s. 133  — Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, s. 19  — Official Languages Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. 31 (4th Supp .), ss. 14 , 15 .)