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Political Science
POLI 1119

Overview and Bill of Rights Overview o Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms key part of the 1982 Constitution Act o First time Human Rights given constitutional status in Canada, but o NOT the beginning of a rights regime in Canada o This dates back to Glorious Revolution and English Bill of Rights in 1688 Bill of Rights, 1688 o No royal interference with the law o No taxation by Royal Prerogative o Only civil courts, not Church courts, are legal o Freedom to petition the monarch without fear of retribution o No standing army may be maintained during a time of peace without the consent of parliament o No royal interference in the freedom of the people to have arms (restoring rights previously taken from Protestants by James II) o The freedom of speech and debates or proceedings in Parliament ought not to be impeached or questioned in any court or place out of Parliament o “Grants and promises of fines or forfeitures” before conviction are void o No excessive bail or “cruel and unusual
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