What is democracy, and how do language rights fit into the framework of Canadian democracy? Canada is unique in the way it has evolved and embedded language laws and rights throughout its history. Graham Fraser, Canada's recently retired Commissioner of Official Languages will provide participants with detailed and fascinating insights about Canada's bilingualism policy. He will explore important questions about language in this country including: What is language policy and why does Canada have one? How was it developed? What were the major obstacles and tensions along the way? What is the relationship between Canadian language policy and Quebec language policy? What are the major challenges for language policy today and in the future? What role have the courts played in defining and defending language rights?