A legislative assembly is an archetype democratic institution. It is where significant collective debates and decision-making occur. A marginalized linguistic community will risk being ignored without proper access to assemblies as political institutions. This article analyses the place of francophones in the New Brunswick legislative assembly, including their right to vote, to be seated, to use their language during debate, and to have the proceedings reported in their own language. In New Brunswick, the case of French language access to the legislative assembly is a long and complex history.