Section 3: The Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms - Textbook Notes

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The canadian charter of rights and freedoms is part of the constitution of canada. The first 34 provisions of the constitution act 1982 set out the charter includes a number or different rights and freedoms under various headings: Fundamental freedoms, democratic rights, mobility rights, legal rights, Equality rights, official languages of canada, minority language. S. 1 of the charter serves a dual purpose it makes clear that the charter rights and freedoms are guaranteed, while at the same time making clear that they are not protected absolutely (they are subject to reasonable limits) S. 33 if the notwithstanding clause provides that parliament or a provincial legislature can legislate notwithstanding, or regardless or certain charter rights for a five year, renewable period. Charter does not say that some rights are more important than others. Bills or charters of rights are, in general, designed to control the actions of the state they do not control the actions of private individuals.

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