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Articles | Julia Amelio | July 9, 2019
Is it Time to Dust-Off Section 28 of the Charter?

Category: The Charter


Articles | Russell Green | July 5, 2019
A Long and Uncertain Road to Alberta Independence

Category: Federalism

Alienation Accelerated

Articles | Russell Green | June 27, 2019
Can the Federal Government Disallow Québec’s ‘Anti-Religious Symbols’ Act?

Category: Federalism

Introduction: The Call to Disallow Québec’s Bill 21

Articles | Michael Graham | June 27, 2019
Climate Emergency vs Emergency Powers

Category: Federalism

The Constitution sets out the Powers of Parliament and grants Parliament the ability “to make laws for the Peace, Order, and good Government of Canada.”[1] This power is known as POGG power and embedded within it are Parliament’s emergency powers. Parliament needs emergency powers so that it can quickly pass temporary laws to deal with wars or other national crises.[2]

Articles | Russell Green | June 19, 2019
The Role of the Senate: Robust Regionalism or Diligent Deference?

Category: Democratic Governance

The Senate was designed to provide “sober second thought” to bills that have passed the House of Commons. A key component of “sober second thought” is the consideration of regional interests in national policy discussions. The Founders of Confederation[1] intended the Senate to be the federal government body that is most in tune with local concerns – this is reflected in the Senate’s composition: senators are appointed in equal numbers from Canada’s regions – Ontario, Quebec, the Maritime provinces, and the western provinces.[2]

Articles | Russell Green | June 6, 2019
“Inherent Tension”: Is it Time to Separate the Minister of Justice from the Attorney General?

Category: Democratic Governance

During the SNC-Lavalin scandal, former Minister of Justice [MOJ] and Attorney General [AG] Jody Wilson-Raybould stated that there were attempts by the Prime Minister’s Office and other government officials to “politically interfere” with her independent discretion as AG.[1] This episode has called into question whether the positions of AG and MOJ would better serve Canada’s democracy if they were performed by two individuals.

Articles | CCS Administrator | September 25, 2018
Section 33 (Notwithstanding Clause): The Charter’s Sleeping Giant by Prof Barbara Billingsley

Category: The Charter

Billingsley, Barbara. “Section 33:The Charter’s Sleeping Giant.” 21st Windsor Year Book of Access to Justice 331 (2002): 331-346.

Articles | Katherine Creelman | September 17, 2018
What is the Notwithstanding Clause?

Category: The Charter

This article was written by a law student for the general public.

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