The Alberta government is appealing a court decision that threw out a traffic ticket against a francophone trucker because it was written only in English.
On July 2, provincial court Judge Leo Wenden found Gilles Caron not guilty of making an unsafe left turn because he was handed an English-only ticket
Wendon ruled the ticket issued in 2003 to Caron wasn't valid because it wasn't printed in French.
But Alberta Justice wants a court to clarify whether the province's Languages Act and Traffic Safety Act must be written in both languages.
The Caron decision has no binding effect on other defendants or other legislation.
The Alberta government will argue the judge erred in law when he found Caron not guilty and is appealing the verdict on that basis.
A 1988 Supreme Court of Canada decision ruled that the provinces have the power to determine their own language-rights legislation.
A 90-day stay on the original decision was issued on July 2 and remains in place. No date has been set for the appeal.
Alberta’s traffic rules will continue to be enforced.