Harper Charter

Harper Failing To Protect Charter Rights: Lawyers

CP | Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press | Posted 06.26.2014 | Canada Politics

OTTAWA - The Harper government is falling short in its duty as a guardian of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Canadian Bar Association will be ...

Nice Try, But the Bill of Rights Is No Charter

Irwin Cotler | Posted 06.20.2012 | Canada
Irwin Cotler

As we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Harper government insists on casting the Canadian Bill of Rights as not only the catalyst for the Charter, but indeed itself as a great instrument of rights protection. This is to misstate history, to minimize the importance of Charter, and to marginalize the revolutionary impact that this document has had not only on our laws, but on our lives.

The Canadian Charter of Shortcomings and Pitfalls

Steve Stinson | Posted 06.20.2012 | Canada
Steve Stinson

It was Conservative Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, with his 1960 Bill of Rights, who took the first important step to enshrine Canadians' rights in law. If Pierre Trudeau's Charter of Rights is to truly unite Canadians, then it must protect the rights of all Canadians, not just the favoured causes of the left. Until it does, one should not be surprised that some, like Stephen Harper, do not put it up on a pedestal.

Not Even the Charter Excites These Liberals

Samuel Getachew | Posted 06.19.2012 | Canada Politics
Samuel Getachew

It seems the party that gave us the Charter is on life support. In a room that was barely half full with aging elected officials, the Liberals celebrated the Charter's 30th anniversary on Tuesday. Looking at former leader Jean Chretien and current leader, Bob Rae, one can predict the certain demise of a once proud party.

WATCH: Romanow Blasts Harper Over Charter

CBC | Posted 06.17.2012 | Canada Politics

Prime Minister Stephen Harper is on “the wrong side of history” by failing to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Canada’s Charter of...

This Charter Doesn't Deserve a Birthday Celebration

Tony Kondaks | Posted 06.16.2012 | Canada Politics
Tony Kondaks

I want a charter that will protect individual freedoms. And minority rights. Our so-called Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms does neither. I am neither proud of such a charter nor of the country to which it belongs. How does this poor excuse for a Bill of Rights limit and restrict our rights and freedoms? Let us count the ways.