Section 33 Essay

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Does section 33 of the Canadian charter of rights and freedoms give the government of Canada too much authority? “In short, if governments are loath to use section 33 in their dialogue with the Court, it is because they do not want to use it in their dialogue with Canadians either. There is a political barrier, not a legal one.” (Stéphane Dion) Government seem to be getting more and more powerful everyday, but along with this power it seems they become more power hungrey. The Canadian government had to much authority when talking abour section 33, the notwithstanding cluase, of the charter of right and freedoms. This allows the government to go against a persons rights, it causes much disscusion and controversy in today’s society and lastly it can only lead to more loopholes for the government to take. They do not need this much authority where it comes to the point that it interferes with an individual’s rights and freedoms. In certain situations, federal or provincial governments can get around the court’s power to review the…show more content…
Rights are rights, should it not stay that way? Our rights were placed there for a reason and should be kept. The notwithstanding clause causes much controversy in today’s society because there are many different opinions as to whether it is a good/beneficial thing or a bad thing. It is also significant enough as to raise many questions about the freedom that remains. The first ten amendments of the United States Constitution (also know as the Bill of Rights) guarantee that government shall make no law that restricts freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, etc. No exceptions are allowed. However on the other hand, Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms includes an out for the government; the notwithstanding clause. If already the government has this way of
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