Canada’s Supreme Court has put to rest a 20-year-long legal brawl over English commercial signs in Quebec, denying an appeal over the matter.
The Canadian Supreme Court turned down an appeal request regarding Quebec’s commercial signs and their language laws. The appeal was presented by lawyer Brent Tyler who believes that The Canadian province is unfair as far as English commercial laws are concerned. However, the Supreme Court decided to turn down the appeal, thereby bringing an end to the contentious issue that has been around for two decades.
“Our people will never accept the idea that French must be twice the size of all other languages combined,” Tyler stated.
Tyler has been fighting the same legal battle since 1998
Tyler started challenging Quebec’s stringent commercial sign laws in 1998 with the help of an Eastern township store called the Lyon and The Walrus. The store was fined for violating Quebec’s language laws. Tyler has also represented numerous other retailers that have been fined due to similar circumstances, although he has had fewer cases in recent years.
Despite his loss, he has not changed his argument that the French language is not under threat in the Canadian province. He also supports the use of full-size English signs in Quebec.
Canadian merchant Gail Cantor is another person to have lost a legal battle against Quebec’s strict language rules, and she ended up being fined $1,400 for putting up English signs. She said in a statement that in her opinion, claiming to protect a language by making it larger seems like a ridiculous solution. Cantor argues that she is not ready or willing to pay a fine that she does not agree with.
Is it time to throw in the towel?
Meanwhile, some English rights groups such as Quebec Community Groups Network feel that Tyler has been fighting the legal battle against the strict language rules for too long. Although they think that it is important, they believe that there are far more significant problems. However, Tyler does not plan on giving up his fight.