Section 27 of the Charter: More Than a Rhetorical Flourish


  • Dale Gibson



Professor Gibson investigates how, under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Canadian society has started to move away from the traditional bilingual and bicultural emphasis which has heretofore characterized Canadian culture, and toward a bilingual and multicultural emphasis, reflecting the spirit of section 27 of the Charter Professor Gibson argues that the canon of interpretation in section 27, which mandates that the Charter be interpreted in a manner consistent with the preservation and enhancement of the multicultural heritage of Canadians, has affected the judicial interpretation of a number of sections of the Charter. The author concludes by noting that although section 27enhances Canada's cultural diversity, it does not displace the two traditionally emphasized languages and cultures from their positions of primacy.