The Act respecting the exercise of the fundamental rights and prerogatives of the Québec people and the Québec State (chapter E-20.2, the "Act") was enacted by the Parliament of Québec through an order in council (PDF, 1 page, 14 Kb) on February 28, 2001. The Act is intended primarily to reaffirm the collective attainments of the Québec people, the responsibilities of the Québec State and the rights and prerogatives of the National Assembly with respect to all matters affecting the future of the Québec people. The reaffirmed principles concern the Québec people, the Québec State, the territory of Québec and aboriginal nations.
Since May 9, 2011, this law has been the subject of a court challenge filed by Keith Henderson, who was the leader of the Equality Party at the time. The Superior Court of Québec (PDF, 25 pages, 112 ko) has since ruled on the grounds of inadmissibility. The Court of Appeal (PDF, 22 pages, 77 ko) has, in part, overturned this decision and restored some conclusions sought by the applicant. In essence, the latter is contesting the constitutionality of sections 1 to 5 and 13 of the Act Respecting the Exercise of the Fundamental Rights and Prerogatives of the Québec People and the Québec State.
The hearing has been set for September 14 to 22, 2016.
For more information, see the following documents: