‘Making Canada a meaningful contributor in the world’


Given the Harper government’s eagerness to celebrate international recognition, there will no doubt be congratulations offered in the House this week for Pierre Trudeau on the occasion of a new study heralding the global influence of the Charter.

Mr. Barak, for his part, identified a new constitutional superpower: “Canadian law,” he wrote, “serves as a source of inspiration for many countries around the world.” The new study also suggests that the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, adopted in 1982, may now be more influential than its American counterpart.

The Canadian Charter is both more expansive and less absolute. It guarantees equal rights for women and disabled people, allows affirmative action and requires that those arrested be informed of their rights. On the other hand, it balances those rights against “such reasonable limits” as “can be demonstrably justified in a free and democratic society.”

(Headline taken from the Prime Minister’s speech to last year’s Conservative convention.)


‘Making Canada a meaningful contributor in the world’

  1. Well, that would be the decent generous thing to do, but I think it’s a forlorn hope.

  2. Ok i get the irony AW, but they didn’t celebrate the charter’s 25th either, which was truly pathetic given it is the law of the land – quite literally.

    It’s akin to the ndp getting a majority and never ever aknowledging the GG, or simply pretending the Queen no longer existed because they would have a “mandate.”

    Somewhere up there[ hopefully for him] Pierre is probably sipping a cold one smiling or shrugging that shrug of his – personally i hope he’s laughing his head off. 

  3. Srsly? Every day I am made aware that I was born in wrong country in wrong era.

    Of course authoritarians around the world prefer document written by fascist than by enlightened liberals. Canadians have no rights, but Americans do, so it is obvious which system dictators would select. 

    Are authoritarians going to prefer granting people right to pursue their happiness or would they prefer document that lets them crush the bleeding hearts and weak-kneed of society? 

    CBC Interview with Trudeau ~ Oct Crisis:

    “Sir what is it with all these men with guns around here?”

    Trudeau: ” There’s a lot of bleeding hearts around who don’t like to see people with helmets and guns. All I can say is ‘go ahead and bleed’ but it’s more important to keep law and order in this society than to be worried about weak-kneed people who don’t like the looks of…”

    • You are free to move!  Are you sure that you’re not an bsessive complainer?

    • I really don’t understand your problem. I mean – a sensible solution exists for you if you’re feeling so oppressed. You can either challenge your oppression in the court and if you don’t like the outcome, I’m sure there are plenty of morally-superior freedom-loving American states that would be happy to have the most excellent skills that you present us with here. 

      In fact, don’t waste your superior talents on us – it’s likely that we’re fundamentally incapable of recognizing them or making suitable use of them. Please move on before it’s too late! Otherwise, you’ll end up inferior specimens like us. 

      • Considering that the Charter can only be used to protect against infringing actions of the government, it would probably make his head explode if he won. 

    • Actually that’s a great quote. And yes it appears he was speaking to people like you, people who would most likely have been the first to howl if he had said: ” you know you’re absolutely right! Law and order does scare people and anarchy is so much more attractive an option when faced with insurrection”.
      To you he was a fascist or an appeaser in another universe…there’s just no pleasing the logically impaired.  

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