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Department
Political Science
Course
POL214Y1
Professor
Nelson Wiseman
Semester
Fall

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Amy C. POL214 SEPT.09.13. Lecture 1 What is the Constitution? • The supreme law of Canada • It is applied in Canada and outside of Canada • Charter of Rights and Freedoms is now part of the Constitution What does the Constitution deal with? • Who will rule? • Who has power? Living Tree Doctrine: • The Constitution is 'alive' • For example, it is not the Constitution that says same-sex marriage is possible, but the Supreme Court of Canada • It is the Supreme Court that breathes life into the Constitution • Like a living tree, branches fall off over time • For example, women obtained the right to be in the Senate in 1930 Not just a piece of paper: • The Constitution reflects social movements and government institutions • It shapes society • In fact, some people accept same-sex marriage because the Court says that it i
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