Open Con­sti­tu­tion to fight Khadr deal

The Hamilton Spectator - - OPINION - RE: Omar Khadr

There is a sec­tion in the Con­sti­tu­tion that al­lows the Cana­dian gov­ern­ment to set lim­its on your rights.

Sec­tion 33 of the Char­ter, also called the notwith­stand­ing clause, al­lows Canada’s Par­lia­ment, pro­vin­cial and ter­ri­to­rial leg­is­la­tures to pass laws that may vi­o­late cer­tain Char­ter rights. They can only do this if they clearly state to the pub­lic that they are pass­ing a law that con­tra­dicts the Char­ter. All levels of gov­ern­ment must review and re-en­act this dec­la­ra­tion to Cana­di­ans ev­ery five years, or the lim­its au­to­mat­i­cally no longer ex­ist. Par­lia­ment has never used the notwith­stand­ing clause.

Per­haps this is an ap­pro­pri­ate time to do so. Bruce Scott, Burling­ton

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