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.
Steve Stinson is an economist and an occasional political commentator. He is currently active in conservative politics in the riding of St. Paul’s and is a member of the board of directors at both the federal and provincial levels. He has worked on political campaigns in both Montreal and Toronto. Originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Steve worked for many years in Montreal, but now resides in Toronto.
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