The Importance Of The Canadian Charter Of Rights And Freedoms

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The Charter of Rights and Freedoms, created by late Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau in 1982, has strongly benefited Canada in a number of favourable ways. Prior to this Charter, Canada had a Bill of Rights. This Bill was inadequate since it did not apply to any of the provinces and it did little for the Federal Government on a constitutional bases. Due to the inadequacies of this Bill, it was confirmed that more effective constitutional framework needed to be adopted. As a result, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was created as a part of the Canadian constitution in 1982. This essay will demonstrate that the Charter of Rights has provided Canada with various safeguards to protect rights and civil liberties of its citizens. The Charter ensures that people rights and liberties are not eroded by the strong hand of the government. This is proven by concentrating on three related areas in this paper. These include: the Charter; guaranteeing equality of all under the law in Canada; strengthening the Canadian judicial system and its ability to make fair decisions under the Canadian …show more content…
This essay focusses on three areas of the charter including: justice, equality and civil liberties. All these rights and liberties are strengthened by the Charter. In short, the Charter is a safeguard for democracy and it allows the people of Canada to uphold their rights and liberties. The Charter allows our democracy to exist, and a strong and vibrant democracy benefits Canada. In the word of late Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, “We must establish the basic principles, the basic values and beliefs which hold us together as Canadians so that beyond our regional loyalties there is a way of life and a system of values which make us proud of the country that has given us such freedom and such immeasurable

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