Essay on The Charter Of Rights And Freedoms

1378 Words Apr 10th, 2016 null Page
For many centuries, laws and rights have been society’s foundation for nations all around the world. Laws are rules that people are made to follow by the government; a right is something a person has that should not be taken away from them. Both play an important role in determining the order of society in a nation and over time, each country developed their own constitution. As early as the Magna Carta and as recent as the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, countries began developing written documents, in order to record and address the rights of individuals in their country. For Canada, this step was taken 34 years ago, with the introduction of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982. The Charter set forth a beneficial standard of rights for Canadians and ever since its inception, the Charter has made Canada a very just society. Like every constitution, the Charter has been debated and challenged by opposing views. However, through the Charter’s fundamental freedoms, its impact on legislatures and how appointed judges interpret the Charter, the Charter has made Canada an extremely just society.
To begin with, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is the first part of the 1982 Constitution Act. The Charter guarantees rights to everyone in Canada; “some sections (like democratic rights) apply specifically to citizens, while others (like equality) apply to all” (Burgess). Charter content, the basic framework for all Canadians, was created…

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