Pierre Trudeau’s contribution to the remaking of Canada cannot be questioned. Throughout the 1980 to 1982 constitutional debates, he reminded Canadians of their country's basic values.
Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms doesn't mean much if it can't be enforced. That's why the Court Challenges Program is so important — no matter what the Québec premier says.
A ruling by the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal recognizes the threat of climate change, but its approach is too narrow.
Ontario's recent threat to use the notwithstanding clause to reduce the size of Toronto's city council is a reminder that municipalities have little protection under the Constitution.
Doug Ford’s wielding of the notwithstanding clause is part of a broader opposition to judicial activism that has developed among right-wing politicians and academics in the post-Charter era.