Alberta's laws need not be written in French, top court rules

An Edmonton man fighting for the right to have a trial over a traffic ticket heard in French suffered a setback today.

Gilles Caron says traffic ticket and trial should be in French

Gilles Caron believes it's his right to be tried in French over a traffic ticket. (CBC)

An Edmonton man fighting for the right to have a trial over a traffic ticket heard in French suffered a setback today.   

Gilles Caron learned Friday that the Alberta Court of Appeal dismissed his appeal.

Caron was issued a traffic ticket in 2003 that was printed in English.

He argues it's his right to be issued a ticket in French and that his trial should be heard in French.

A trial judge tossed the tickets in 2008, but a Court of Queen's Bench judge later overturned that ruling.

The Appeal Court said it agrees that Alberta is not constitutionally required to publish all of its legislation in both

Caron plans to ask the Supreme Court for leave to appeal the ruling. 

"I would like this government to acknowledge that they have constitutional duties to serve the French community," he said. 

Alberta Justice Minister Jonathan Denis is pleased with the Appeal Court's decision. 

“It's important to recognize the diversity of our province as that continues to increase but at the same time, the laws of our province apply to absolutely everyone regardless of where you come from," Denis said.  

The ruling disappointed the French Canadian Association of Alberta, which supports Caron's efforts.

"Today's decision does not change anything in our day-to-day reality," said Jean Johnson, l’ACFA president.

"The role of l’ACFA is to represent the collective interests of French-speaking Albertans and we are already committed to go through the process until the very end."

With files from the Canadian Press