POL214Y1 Lecture Notes - Henry Morgentaler, Fundamental Justice, Unintended Consequences

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Lec 8: charter of rights and freedoms 2. Last week the prof talked about what essay questions might be on the test: How the courts influenced the evolution of federalism. Looked to law and how courts interpreted and how public opinion changed and all that. Are sections 1-34 the charter of rights and freedoms. Its plays the role of interpretor of the law and the constitution. It interprets the vague and general terms used in the constitution. Constitutions are meant to last, they are not temporary. Section 7: says that everyone has the right of liberty and security under the principles of fundamental justice. The courts add flesh and bone to the constitution with the precedents that they set. When court makes a decision, it is now a part of constitutional law: precedents. Supreme court law quote in one of our readings. (p60?) There are many aspects of the constitution one can look at when analysing a problem.

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