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Happy Charter Day


The Prime Minister isn’t quite ready to celebrate.

Harper alluded to the fact that Quebec did not sign on to the Constitution Act of 1982, of which the Charter was a part. Two other attempts to bring Quebec into the constitutional fold — the Meech Lake and Charlottetown Accords — failed. “In terms of this as an anniversary, I think it’s an interesting and important step, but I would point out that the Charter remains inextricably linked to the patriation of the Constitution and the divisions around that matter, which as you know are still very real in some parts of the country,” Harper said.

Thomas Mulcair wasn’t too keen on the Charter ten years ago when he was a member of the Quebec assembly. Jean Chretien says the Night of the Long Knives is more myth than reality. And, on the same note, former Newfoundland premier Brian Peckford wants his due.


Happy Charter Day

  1. “Jean Chretien says the Night of the Long Knives is more myth than reality”

    wiki ~ “The Night of the Long Knives, sometimes called Operation Hummingbird or, in Germany, the Röhm-Putsch, was a purge that took place in Nazi Germany between June 30 and July 2, 1934, when the Nazi regime carried out a series of political murders.”

    •  That’s not the first thing a Canadian’s mind would jump too.

  2. Sounds almost separatist.

  3. Canada governance is amateur hour, it really is. Pols only seem to care about perceptions and rarely reality. I think Charter is terrible document that ushered in fascism but it exists, it is law of land, and as such it should be celebrated because we acknowledge anniversaries of just about everything else. If Charter is such a divisive document maybe Harper should do something about dismantling it and bring harmony to the land.

  4. Security officials around the Parliament buildings decided it would not be prudent to have celebrations for the 30th anniversary of the Charter signing. The massive clean-up campaign resulting from the 20th anniversary celebration in 2002 have still not been completed.

    Jeez, is there nothing you Libs will not bitzh about ?
    I see you even dragged out old Chrets himself to mumble some incoherents about the good old days.
    You guys have gone from annoying to embarrassing.

  5. In my family, every day is “celebrate the Charter day”!  We start each one by offering thanks to Pierre for ending the dark pre-Charter night.  Most of our outdoor functions take place around the living tree we planted in our backyard to remind us that is what the Charter is.  We also have an ongoing pool where we try to predict what exciting new right a judge will read into the Charter, which I won last month by correctly predicting “sex for money”!

    • It’s interesting how the right has to constanly lie about the effect and nature of legal decisions – a practice which reaches it’s ugly, absurd zenith in the written works of Ezra Levant.  I strongly suspect they know that unless they can fool the credulous rubes with obfuscation and mistruths, they will never gain support for their arguments.

      (for the edification of the reader, the recent decision on prostitution states only that if an activity is legal the government may not place restrictions upon it that can be shown to harm the security of the person engaging in that activity.  Whether the poster is the victim of right wing mistruths or is deliberately engaging in the practice is unkown).