Law 30 08.1 The Charter – Summaries & Cases
Looking at the different sections of the Charter, use either the Text for support or online sources to develop a clear summary of the rights/freedoms protected within each of the sections as well as a collection of Cases that have been tried in the court system to test the limits of each section.
Textbook Chapter – pdf – it’s been emailed to you through your Sunwest email
Websites useful in Charter Case Studies:
- Charterpedia website
Extension Questions: Questions we have from our discussion
- The court is meant to balance against government abusing power to create new legislation. What if the courts aren’t balanced either ideologically and decisions are made leaning towards whoever was able to add judges to the bench?
- Why, unlike some people, Canadians don’t lose their mind over Supreme Court appointments (National Post article)
- Why Canada’s Supreme Court appointments are nothing like America’s circus (Maclean’s article)
- Chief Justice McLachlin says judges are accountable despite being appointed (The Globe and Mail article)
- The Political Bias in our Court System (The Walrus article)
- Other – find your own articles on the topic. Is there consensus about this not being an issue of concern in Canada like it often is in the states.
Question to answer in your Comment: What understanding do you have now of Canada’s Supreme Court make up and whether it could be used by a government to predict decisions, as it often is in the States. In your opinion, can we trust the balance the courts offer against government power?