Canada Constitution

How Forgetting to Fill Out Paperwork Landed This Canadian in Jail

Karen Selick | Posted 11.28.2014 | Canada Politics
Karen Selick

Bruce found himself convicted of roughly two dozen counts of possessing unlicensed firearms. He was sentenced to 18 months in jail and a lifetime prohibition order from possessing firearms; therefore, he can no longer be a gunsmith. Moreover, his entire inventory of firearms and ammunition (worth roughly $116,000) was forfeited to the Crown.

The Best Way To Stop Our MPs From Serving Their Own Selfish Interests

Asher Honickman | Posted 11.10.2014 | Canada Politics
Asher Honickman

Since the Conservatives have come to power, that same trend has unfortunately continued and a number of small-c conservative MPs have begun to voice their disapproval. The latest to do so is Brent Rathgeber, over what he referred to as the Conservative's lack of commitment to "open government."

Couillard: Constitution Not Quebec's Top Priority

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 11.07.2014 | Canada Politics

ST-TITE, Que. - Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard is now downplaying his desire to have Quebec sign the Canadian Constitution. A day after suggesti...

Norway Celebrates 200 Years of Democracy

Mona Elisabeth Brother | Posted 07.15.2014 | Canada Politics
Mona Elisabeth Brother

In Norway, 1814 is known by many as "The Year of Miracles" because of the huge national and political changes that suddenly and rapidly took place that year. 1814 is the starting point for modern Norwegian democracy. It had both a national and a democratic element: independence for the state of Norway and liberty for Norwegian citizens

How to Reform the Senate Without a Constitutional Amendment

Asher Honickman | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Politics
Asher Honickman

The senators themselves could also aid in this democratization process by self-imposing term limits. Once again, this would come to pass over time as a matter of convention, not legislation. The senators would legally be appointed to age 75, but as a more democratic culture took hold, they would face pressure to step down after X number of years.

Canadians Have the Right to Live in a Healthy Environment

David Suzuki | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada
David Suzuki

Canada is blessed with some of the last vestiges of pristine nature on Earth -- unbroken forests, coastlines and prairies, thousands of rivers, streams and lakes, open skies, abundant fresh air. We are also defined by our Constitution. Our Constitution's Charter of Rights and Freedoms gives us freedom of expression, equal protection from discrimination and the right to life, liberty and security of the person. But it doesn't mention the environment. How can we fully enjoy our freedoms without the right to live in a healthy environment?

How Beaver Lake Cree Heats Up the Landmark Tar Sands Trial

Carol Linnitt | Posted 01.28.2014 | Canada Business
Carol Linnitt

The infamous Cold Lake oil spills, discovered on four well pads operated by Canadian Natural Resources Ltd., spilled a total of at least 1.8 million litres of oil into surrounding forest and wetlands. Several fissures in the ground seeped oil into the area for months as the company and energy regulator tried to understand the cause of the release.

Media Bites: We Can't Reform the Senate if We're Constitutionally Constipated

J.J. McCullough | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Politics
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Our constitutional amendment rules are so terrible, so poorly-written and caked with complex regulations designed to eliminate any hope of ever achieving any meaningful improvement to anything, we barely even know how to read some of them. And we're not talking about 18th century legalese here -- this stuff was written all of 30 years ago.

How Quebec's Charter Can Bring Canada Closer Together

Deborah Coyne | Posted 11.20.2013 | Canada Politics
Deborah Coyne

The divisive PQ secularism initiative in fact provides our national leadership with a valuable opportunity to invite Quebecers to engage with all other Canadians in a broader debate -- one that brings us together to confront the challenges of the 21st century and build a country that matches our highest aspirations for the future.

Oath to Queen Is a Political Question, Not a Legal One

Samuel Mosonyi | Posted 09.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Samuel Mosonyi

Three permanent residents in Canada recently challenged the requirement to swear an oath to the Queen in order to obtain citizenship, claiming that it...

Slavery: America's Economic Salvation

David Martin | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada
David Martin

Today's economic situation in the United States is distressing. Despite Washington's best efforts, the nation's rate of unemployment continues to hove...

Afghanistan's Real Tragedy

Lauryn Oates | Posted 08.30.2013 | Canada
Lauryn Oates

Perhaps the greatest tragedy of all is how little much of the world knows about the tremendous progress made in Afghanistan over the past decade, and just how much is at stake. This is not yet another chapter in an unending story of a country perpetually on the brink of self-implosion.

Michele Bachmann Needs a Civics Lesson

Todd Herron | Posted 08.28.2013 | Canada
Todd Herron

Michele Bachmann needs a civics lesson. In a staggering public display of ignorance, Michele Bachmann -- a four term congresswoman -- showed the wor...

For Canada's Birthday, Give it a New Constitution

Duff Conacher | Posted 08.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Duff Conacher

As Canada turns 146, many recent surveys show that most Canadians are hankering for a new constitution. So is Canada's Constitution a completed document? Some commentators have claimed since 1995 that Canadians are tired of constitutional talks, and while this was likely true back then there is no evidence that the fatigue continues. As Canada moves toward its 150th birthday in 2017, what more appropriate national discussion could take place than about the document that founded both our country and our governments, and about the changes Canadians want in a new constitution?

The Real Senate Reform That Will Never Be

David McLaughlin | Posted 07.31.2013 | Canada Politics
David McLaughlin

Canadians caught a glimpse of what "could be" in the 1992 Charlottetown Accord; the closest we have come to real Senate reform since Confederation.The prime minister who wrought this was Brian Mulroney. But even he was surprised. I know, because I was the one who informed him an elected Senate might just happen.

The Most Important Tar Sands Case You've Never Heard Of

DeSmog Canada | Posted 07.28.2013 | Canada Politics
DeSmog Canada

The constitutional standing of the tar sands -- one of the world's largest and most carbon-intensive energy projects -- is just what's at stake in a treaty rights claim the Beaver Lake Cree Nation (BLCN) is bringing against the Governments of Alberta and Canada.

Someone Tell the Conservatives: Our Charter's Worth Celebrating

Irwin Cotler | Posted 06.17.2013 | Canada Politics
Irwin Cotler

As opposed to viewing the Charter as a hindrance to its legislative agenda, the government should embrace the Charter -- as have lawyers, judges, academics, and even the majority of Canadians according to public opinion polls. We should be promoting and protecting those values the document enshrines.

Quebec Demands To Know What Trudeau Did

CP | Martin Ouellet, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.10.2013 | Canada Politics

QUEBEC - The Quebec government wants an independent inquiry into allegations a former Supreme Court of Canada chief justice may have intervened in the...

Open 'Books' On Constitution

CP | Martin Ouellet, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.09.2013 | Canada Politics

QUEBEC - The Supreme Court of Canada says it will investigate allegations that some of its members intervened in the repatriation of the Constitution....

It's Time for Quebec to Sign the Constitution

Tom Kott | Posted 05.22.2013 | Canada Politics
Tom Kott

Despite all the problems, it's about time Quebec signed the Constitution. Quebeckers in the early '90s were tired of the constitutional discussion, and clearly expressed their opposition to it at the ballot box. Yet two decades have passed and a new generation of leaders have entered the political discussion.

In Canada, Speaking Your Mind is a Crime

Tom Kott | Posted 05.08.2013 | Canada Politics
Tom Kott

The utilitarian belief that individual rights to speak freely are somehow less important than the right of others to not be offended is ludicrous in so many ways. For the top court of the country to support it brings many questions of its legitimacy and effectiveness in protecting the fundamental freedoms that we supposedly enjoy.

B.C. Election Gag Law Fix Should Be In Throne Speech

Vincent Gogolek | Posted 04.14.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Vincent Gogolek

The government had a clear opportunity to fix the gag on free political speech built into our province's Election Act last spring, when the act was being amended by the legislature. For reasons unknown, they chose not to.

Does Nature Belong in Canada's Charter?

David Suzuki | Posted 03.18.2013 | Canada Impact
David Suzuki

Our Charter of Rights and Freedoms gives us freedom of expression, equal protection from discrimination and the right to life, liberty and security of the person. But one fundamental right is notably absent -- to live in an environment conducive to health and well-being, with clean air, water and soil and biological diversity.

Why I Love Canada: We Are More Free Than Americans

Zach Paikin | Posted 08.31.2012 | Canada
Zach Paikin

2012-06-26-canadaflag.pngI love the very philosophy that guides our society: peace, order and good government. Our constitution is wise to mention these principles as foundations of our way of life. Although the American motto of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" explicitly mentions freedom, it is in fact the Canadian incantation that provides for real liberty.

Are the Canadian Digital Lock Rules Unconstitutional?

Michael Geist | Posted 08.27.2012 | Canada Politics
Michael Geist

The House of Commons may have passed Bill C-11, but the constitutional concerns with the copyright bill and its digital lock rules will likely linger for years. Many experts believe that the government's decision to adopt one of the most restrictive digital lock approaches in the world. And guess what? It's vulnerable to constitutional challenge.