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supreme court either: However it does give more weight to supreme court decisions.
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closet and was immediately fired.
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is what the human rights commission said. So he took the Alberta government to court t The human
rights commission was blamed for not allowing him to act against the college.
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true: That of French language rights vs. English language rights.
Montfort Hospital + Baie-[h( (2001): Montfort hospital is a francophone teaching hospital in Ottawa.
The government wanted to close this hospital (because they can do that to public institutions like
schools) and merge it with a general hospital. The hospital ov]ZZÇv[}Z
because ][Z}voÇ(v}Z}vZ}]o]vKv]}, and is serving an important function. The courts
agreed, citing the protection of minorities.
Prof says that French language issues do better in front of the courts than English language cases. He
says its perhaps because of the fear of reactions in Quebec: Perhaps judges also make political decisions.
A lot of people have started looking at the courts for this reason and are fearful of the politicization of
the judiciary. Prof talks about the expansion of liberties but the restriction of democracy: Because more
and more political decisions are being made by the judiciary instead of the political system.
Americanization: Canada has been more influenced historically by classical conservative ideas than the
US: Hierarchy, authority, tradition rather than liberty, equality, reason. These classical values are being
countered by the charter, which stresses liberal ideas like individualism and individual freedoms.
An example of this is the ability of citizens to sue the government, a power that was previously
unavailable to Canadians.
More and more judicial rulings in Canada quote American cases (They also quote Canadian, British, and
other countries). Further, Canadian courts have started to use largely American wording and concepts of
individual freedoms. Prof says that this is perhaps because the US has 200 years of dealing with
individual freedoms cases. Prof relates this phenomenon to the Americanization and liberalization of the
Canadian system (as opposed to the classical conservative t Tory t values previously held). There is also
a social democratic touch to Canadian politics: Communal living and the equal distribution of public