The Charter of Rights and Freedoms

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms

30+ Years of Decisions That Shape Canadian Life

Book - 2014
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Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms has transformed Canadian life since it was adopted as part of the Canadian constitution in 1982. The Charter requires judges to make decisions on a wide range of issues that affect all Canadians. In doing so, the courts play a major role in citizens' lives. Because of the Charter:
- The law against prostitution was struck down.
- The Harper government"s treatment of child soldier Omar Khadr was found to violate his rights.
- Vancouver's Insite safe injection site was kept open, overriding a federal government decision requiring it to shut down.

Ian Greene is a political scientist, and his focus in this book is to highlight the many significant ways the Charter shapes Canadian life. After providing background on the creation and implementation of the Charter, he describes its impact on a wide range of issues -- aboriginal affairs, voting rights, freedom of religion, the right to strike, and language rights, among others. Greene describes key decisions in these areas and comments on the often-conflicting views of the judges deciding them. Even though the Charter is a legal document, debated by lawyers and decided by judges, Greene approaches his subject with an eye on the political impact the Charter has on governments and ordinary citizens.

Public discussion of the Charter is often framed around the question of who should make these important decisions -- elected politicians or unelected judges. This book provides a clear understanding of how the Charter works and how ordinary citizens have succeeded -- or failed -- to win change from the courts. It offers information that people on every side of public discussion can use regarding the role of the Charter in Canadian life.
Publisher: Toronto : James Lorimer & Company Ltd., ©2014.
ISBN: 9781459406612
1459406613
Characteristics: 440 pages ;,23 cm

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darcyhudjik
Aug 07, 2017

A clear explanation of The Charter of Rights and Freedoms, with examples from court cases since it came out. I definitely recommend this book.

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naturalist
Dec 10, 2014

“Canada must be a just Society” . . . “The Just Society will be one in which the rights of minorities will be safe from the whims of intolerant majorities. The Just Society will be one in which those regions and groups which have not fully shared in the country's affluence will be given a better opportunity. The Just Society will be one where such urban problems as housing and pollution will be attacked through the application of new knowledge and new techniques. The Just Society will be one in which our Indian and Inuit populations will be encouraged to assume the full rights of citizenship through policies which will give them both greater responsibility for their own future and more meaningful equality of opportunity. The Just Society will be a united Canada, united because all of its citizens will be actively involved in the development of a country where equality of opportunity is ensured and individuals are permitted to fulfill themselves in the fashion they judge best.” Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau 1919-2000 . . . quoted from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Just_society

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