Multiculturalism and the Canadian Constitution

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Canada has often been cited internationally for its success as a multicultural society and for its ability to manage this diversity through a federal constitution. The strands of diversity include the constitutional relationship between English and French Canada, federalism more generally, the status of Aboriginal peoples, Canada’s immigration and integration strategies, affirmative action, and a general guarantee of equal protection to men and women. Together they tell a complex story of pluralism, consolidated through a long and incremental period of constitution-building. Multiculturalism and the Canadian Constitution brings together scholars of cultural diversity from backgrounds in law, political science, and history to address key components of the changing Canadian story: the evolution over time of multiculturalism within Canadian constitutional law and policy; the territorial dimension of Canadian federalism; and the role of constitutional interpretation by the courts in the development of Canada as a multicultural state. Wide-ranging and provocative, the essays illustrate how deeply multiculturalism is woven into the fabric of the Canadian constitution and the everyday lives of Canadians. Stephen Tierney is Reader in Law at the University of Edinburgh. Contributors: Daniel Bourgeois, Marc Chevrier, Robert J. Currie, Jameson W. Doig, Katherine Eddy, Hugh Donald Forbes, Andrew F. Johnson, Hugh Kindred, Will Kymlicka, Ian Peach, Joan Small, and Michael Temelini.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of British Columbia Press
Number of pages256
ISBN (Print)0774814454, 9780774814454
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Constitution of Canada, constitutional law, multiculturalism, cultural diversity


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