1442650508 9781442650503 (hardcover) 9781442628489 (paperback) 1442628480 (paperback)
"The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms may only be thirty-five years old but it is an important document for all Canadians. Few today, however, are aware of the extensive work and tumultuous debates that occurred behind the scenes. In The Charter Debates, Adam Dodek tells the story of the Special Joint Committee of the Senate and the House of Commons on the Constitution, whose members were instrumental in drafting the Charter. Dodek places the work of the Joint Committee against the backdrop of the decades-long process of patriation and takes the reader inside the committee room, giving them access to Cabinet discussions about constitutional reform. The volume offers a textual exploration of the edited proceedings concerning major Charter subjects such as fundamental freedoms, democratic rights, equality rights, language rights, and the limitations clause. Presenting key moments from the transcripts, carefully selected and contextualized, The Charter Debates is a one-of-a-kind resource for scholars, students, and general readers interested in the Charter and its impact on constitutional politics in Canada."-- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note
Introduction Part 1. Prelude : the long road to the joint committee The cast At the joint committee From the joint committee to patriation Part 2. The limitations clause Fundamental freedoms Democratic rights Mobility rights Legal rights Equality rights Language rights Judicial review, enforcement, and remedies Multiculturalism Denominational rights Aboriginal rights Appendix A. The Special Joint Committee of the Senate and the House of Commons on the Constitution of Canada, 1980-81 Appendix B. Groups and individuals who appeared and gave evidence before the committee.
KC203 .C438 2018
Toronto : University of Toronto Press,