chapter  2
The Politics of Language in Canada and the United States: Explaining the Differences
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Language policy conflict has reemerged in the United States in recent years with unexpected force and volatility, centering on the three policy issues of bilingual education, linguistic access to voting and other civil and political rights, and the proposal to make English the sole official language of the nation. Uneasy with this seemingly new political terrain, many Americans have looked northward to Canada for insight and example in trying to understand the implications and possible consequences of their own language policy conflict. U.S. proponents of bilingual education and linguistic access measures, for example, have often found inspiration in the pluralistic language policies of Canada's federal government.