See you in court
I must say the Guardian is hard pressed for news when they have to put on the front page, an article by a small minority vocal group, who, when they can’t get their way, sues the provincial government through the courts to achieve their agenda, quoting the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
The courts are made up of unelected lawyers and judges who have no authority to make laws. They are restricted to only interpret the laws already made by the people through their elected representatives both provincially and federally. When the Charter was first being debated, some premiers such as Alan Blakeney of Saskatchewan warned that the Charter was giving to much power to the courts. Then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau was forced to accept the “notwithstanding clause” into the Charter which gave the provincial and federal governments the ability to override unfavourable decisions made by the courts. When the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the Quebec language law was unconstitutional, the province of Quebec used the “notwithstanding clause” to override the Supreme Court’s decision.
It may well be time for other provinces and the federal parliament to also look at using this mechanism more often, based on some of the decisions made by the courts recently. John MacDougall, Charlottetown