Gaspard, Helaina, 1986-

Canada's Official Languages : Policy Versus Work Practice in the Federal Public Service / Helaina Gaspard. - Ottawa : University of Ottawa Press, 2019. - xi, 145 p. : ill. ; 23 cm. - Politics and Public Policy .

Also available in electronic format.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

"This book is the first in-depth study of the implementation of the policy in the federal public service from 1967 to 2013 in the National Capital Region. Its analysis of language policy confronting actors, ideas, and institutions explains the state of the language of work in the public service today. Canada's official languages legislation fundamentally altered the composition and operational considerations of federal institutions. Through an historical institutionalist lens based on extensive archival research and semi-structured interviews, Gaspard shows that the implementation of official languages policy in the federal public service could not challenge the predominance of English as the operating language. What emerges is a picture of a lack of structural change, inadequate managerial engagement, and a false sense that both official languages are equally ingrained. This is an incisive, original, and deeply honest study of a defining characteristic in Canada's public service. A must read for all engaged with the federal public service and interested in official languages policy in general." (Book Cover) TABLE OF CONTENTS: Preface by Graham Fraser Introduction Official Languages and the Federal Public Service 1. Theoretical Foundations
The Politics of Language
Representative Bureaucracy
Historical Institutionalism and Layering 2. Check Your Hat and Your Language at the Door (1867-1967) Introduction The Early Civil Service Historical Context
The Strike at Trois-Rivières
Ernest Lapointe - Prime Minister King's Quebec Lieutenant
L'Ordre Jacques Cartier
The Jean Committee Early Reform Efforts The Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism, and Prime Minister Pearson's Promise Conclusion 3. The Official Languages Act, 1969 (1968-1972) Introduction Adopting the OLA 1969 Charting a Course for Implementation
French-Language Units (FLUs)
Bilingual Districts Linguistic Designation of Positions Conclusion 4. If At First You Don't Succeed, Layer, Layer, and Then Layer Again (1973-1981)
Introduction The 1973 Parliamentary Resolution on Official Languages Decentralizing Program Management The Gens de l'Air Crisis and National Unity Reorganizing and Restructuring the Public Service Management-centric Changes to the Official Languages Program (1981) Conclusion 5. The OLA 1988 and Part V: The Right to Choose Your Language of Work (1982-2013) Introduction Maintaining the Status Quo Prime Minister Mulroney's Progressive Conservatives and the Official Languages Act The Official Languages Act, 1988 Part V: Official Language of Work Rights Implementing Part V Giving Meaning to Part V Conclusion CONCLUSION: Ideas, Institutions, and Actors
Conclusion Appendix: Principal Actors
Department of the Secretary of State
Treasury Board Secretariat
Public Service Commission (PSC)
Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages
Staff Unions Bibliography Index

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Canada. Official Languages Act.
Canada. Official Languages Act (1988)

Official Languages Act (Canada : 1988)

Language policy--Canada.
Language and languages--Law and legislation.
Language policy.

Canada--Officials and employees--Language.
Canada--Languages--Law and legislation.


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