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Justin Trudeau’s not a lawyer. Maybe he should talk to one.

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Justin Trudeau’s decision last week to publicly purge two Liberal MPs for alleged sexual misconduct, without asking or naming the complainants or giving his MPs any measure of due process, was not his first foray outside elementary principles of law. A few months ago he invented a constitutional right to abortion and banned anyone who does not subscribe to this myth from running as a candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada. Is he a legal naif or tinpot autocrat? Don Hutchinson weighs the evidence…

Why We Must NOT Reopen the Constitution

Those who want Canada’s Constitution repaired, renewed, revitalized, re-jigged, re-worked, or otherwise re-opened, need to spend a working vacation with a bomb squad. They need refreshment in their understanding of what happens when something that isn’t right goes completely wrong. The rest of us should ...

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What Does Quebec Want?: Nothing of Constitutional reform, says Maxime Bernier

The last three major attempts to accommodate Quebec’s unique linguistic and cultural characteristics within Canada’s Constitution all inflamed the province’s separatist movement. But over two decades have passed since the last attempt, and the separatists were crushed in the most recent federal and provincial elections. ...

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How to Get Internal Free Trade Back in the Constitution

This summer, Canadians were treated to stereo calls for freer trade between the provinces. In Ottawa, Industry Minister James Moore announced the federal government’s intention to create a true free trade zone within Canada, with plans to begin negotiating with the provinces in the autumn. ...

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Harper’s Gitmo: The Sisyphean Task of Senate Reform

One of Barack Obama's first official acts as President of the United States was to order the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay closed by the end of 2009. Closing “Gitmo” had been more than just a campaign promise for Candidate Obama. It was the essence ...

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It’s Not the Charter, It’s the Judges

Judging is always political. It is an inescapable element of having to interpret inherently ambiguous wording, of having to take words written on a thin page and apply them to the thick realities of human existence. One of the great strengths of the common law ...

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So Much Litigation, So Little Reconciliation

The entrenchment of aboriginal rights in Section 35 of the 1982 Constitution Act triggered a spate of litigation over the next three decades that has expanded the treaty rights and land claims of First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples across Canada. Supreme Court of Canada ...

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Reconsidering Canada's Unloved Constitution

The idea for the theme of this edition of C2C Journal was originally born out of conversations I had with several of the surviving framers of the 1982 Constitution Act between 2001 and 2005. I wanted to know if they were satisfied with the way ...

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Why We MUST Reopen the Constitution

Canada’s Constitution is a mess. It doesn’t provide good government, doesn’t unite us, doesn’t inspire us, and cannot be amended. We can, and should, do better. It might seem unwise to revisit the question after the two previous attempts to fix it destroyed the party ...

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