Canadian Charter Of Rights And Freedoms

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Queen Elizabeth II signed the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms into law on April 17, 1982. Simply know as the Charter, it is a bill of rights entrenched in the Constitution of Canada. The Charter is founded on the rule of law and it forms the first part of our Constitution, making it difficult for future government to make changes towards the rights and freedoms we currently have. The Charter is a document that protects the interest of Canadians and provides a way to challenge perceived abuses of basic rights and freedoms through our court system. The Charter is broken up into seven distinct categories: fundamental freedoms, democratic rights, language rights, mobility rights, minority language educational rights, legal rights and equality rights. Before the Charter there was little that could be done about unfair laws passed by government.…show more content…
Media and politicians have often critiqued the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to Alan Shanoff, it’s the “Charter of Wrongs and Limitations”. The Charter has had a great impact on civil rights but can also be viewed as “limiting democracy” by giving unelected judges power. There have been big changes in our society and courts due to the Charter especially in the area of criminal law. The Charter has greatly expanded the scope for judicial review, because the Charter guarantees those specific rights and the role of the judges in enforcing them. While the Charter has received plenty of good feedback it has been subject to published criticisms from both sides of the political spectrum. There is room for improvement within the Charter with additional rights that could be added to the already existing rights and

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