Bijuralism and Harmonization
Justice Canada is seeking comments regarding the Fourth series of proposals to harmonize federal law with the civil law of the Province of Quebec and to amend certain Acts in order to ensure that each language version takes into account the common law and the civil law until May 1st, 2017.
As a legacy of the colonisation of North America by France and Great Britain, two legal traditions co-exist in Canada – civil law in Quebec and common law in all other provinces and territories. The Department of Justice is committed to respecting both legal systems, in both official languages, to ensure federal legislation is adequately applied everywhere in Canada.
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