Canada's Official Languages : Policy Versus Work Practice in the Federal Public Service / Helaina Gaspard.
By: Gaspard, Helaina.Series: Politics and Public Policy. Publisher: Ottawa : University of Ottawa Press, 2019Description: xi, 145 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780776623351 (pbk); 0776623354.Subject(s): Canada. Official Languages Act | Canada | Canada. Official Languages Act (1988) | Canada | Official Languages Act (Canada : 1988) | Language policy -- Canada | Employees -- Language | Language and languages -- Law and legislation | Language policy | Canada -- Officials and employees -- Language | Canada -- Languages -- Law and legislation | CanadaDDC classification: 353.70971 Online resources: Publisher's Website. | Check the UO Library catalog. Issued also in electronic format.
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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
Official Languages and the Federal Public Service
1. Theoretical Foundations
The Politics of Language
Historical Institutionalism and Layering
2. Check Your Hat and Your Language at the Door (1867-1967)
The Early Civil Service
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
3. The Official Languages Act, 1969 (1968-1972)
Adopting the OLA 1969
Charting a Course for Implementation
French-Language Units (FLUs)
Linguistic Designation of Positions
4. If At First You Don't Succeed, Layer, Layer, and Then Layer Again (1973-1981)
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)
5. The OLA 1988 and Part V: The Right to Choose Your Language of Work (1982-2013)
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: Ideas, Institutions, and Actors
Appendix: Principal Actors
Department of the Secretary of State
Treasury Board Secretariat
Public Service Commission (PSC)
Office of the Commissioner of Official Languages
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