‘New Democrats will continue to work to ensure that one day it becomes part of a Constitution that includes us all’

by Aaron Wherry

A statement from NDP leader Thomas Mulcair on the anniversary of the Charter.

It has been three decades since Canada chose to codify and protect our fundamental rights as citizens in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Today the Charter stands as an example the world over. It reminds us that respect for basic human rights is a vital part of every modern society, and that any threat to these rights constitutes a threat to society as a whole.

New Democrats are proud of the role we played in shaping the Charter of Rights and Freedoms—including Tommy Douglas’ passage of Canada’s first Bill of Rights in Saskatchewan and the role Ed Broadbent played in ensuring that women’s rights were enshrined in the Charter itself.

At the same time, the anniversary of the Charter also serves to remind us that, 30 years after the repatriation of the Constitution, Quebec is still not a signatory to the most fundamental compact of our democracy.

As such, New Democrats will continue on the path laid out by Jack Layton, working to create the conditions that will one day allow Quebec to embrace the Canadian constitutional framework. We will work tirelessly to give real meaning to the unanimous recognition that the Québécois form a nation within Canada.

The Charter of Rights and Freedoms is a document that reflects our most fundamental common values. New Democrats will continue to work to ensure that one day it becomes part of a Constitution that includes us all.




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‘New Democrats will continue to work to ensure that one day it becomes part of a Constitution that includes us all’

  1. Strangely separatist sentiments from Harper and Mulcair!

    • Two sides of the same coin (but not the penny).

      • If only we still hand a great pan national leader in this country.

        It’s true, nothing ever changes really. Absent a strong liberal leader behind a strong liberal party we have the same  sorry message from messrs Broadbent and Clark/Mulroney…um Mulcair and Harper…somewhere between deux nations and cultural appeasement there must be a sweet spot for the other parties. 

  2. Like what?  Like espousing asymetrical federalism?  Like always saying “Canadians & Quebecers” as if Quebecers aren’t Canadians too?  Like believeing that 50+1 is enough to break up the country?  Like saying different things in French than in English?

    While we’re at it: how about going from spending your entire political career known as Thomas Mulcair with the English pronunciation in either official language but all of a sudden deciding to use Thomas Mulcair à la française in French and just plain ol’ Tom Mulcair in English?  What’s that all about?

    • Sounds like Thomas, er Tom is just the man for the job. If he starts to talk about rolling the dice best watch out.

      If Mulcair can fairly square that circle he deserves to be PM.

      • That’s just it.  I don’t think either Thomas (no matter the pronunciation) or Tom is the man for the job.

        • Well i agree, but for the fact that he’s made a good start on pointedly attacking the government  on grounds that he has some reasonable chance of winning on…iows a plausible strategy, rather than as has been the liberal habit of crying woe is me, the sky is falling, those wretched tories are going to pull our temple down, we don’t deserve this; we’re the good guys! Or, as Wells puts it, attacking the govt with relentless “ineffectual” negativity.
          I’m a liberal and i want to see them stick around because i believe the party can still play an important role in the political life of this country – but man they gotta start coming up with new ideas and reasons for not voting tory or ndp other than they’re not us.

  3. Allan Blakeney was responsible for the nothwithstanding clause.  Why isn’t Tom Mulcair and the NDP taking credit for that?

    •  ’cause this is the new (newer?) NDP.

    • Maybe it’s in the french statement?

  4. The constitution was patriated….not repatriated.

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