Free Background Stock. Canadian Constitutional Rights. What Are The Constitutional Rights of Canadians? #Do We Really Know?
“Parliamentary Supremacy ended in 1982,” essentially due to constitutional changes that were added to the Charter on that date. What I can read from the following passage is that the concept of, ‘Parliamentary Supremacy,’ or the ability for the ruling government in Canada to change any rules and laws in Canada, and force the majority of Canadians to follow such laws, only exists in the imaginations of the leaders. Canadians do have power Fred however we don’t understand how to utilize it. Following is the quotation. I will cite the source afterward. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms “From around 1931 (when Britain stopped making laws for Canada) in 1982, Canadian law operated according to a principle known as parliamentary supremacy. According to this concept, there was no authority higher than the Canadian Parliament when it came to deciding what was legal and what was not. Any rule passed by Parliament was the law, and that was that.
Parliamentary supremacy ended in 1982 when the Canadian Constitution was reformed and a new section called the Charter of Rights and Freedoms was added. The Charter said that some human rights were so important Parliament could not pass any laws that violated them. So if, say, the Canadian government passed a law saying all Canadians of Japanese heritage had to be rounded up and sent to special camps because the country was at war with Japan — which is what happened during World War II (1939-1945) — that law would be unconstitutional, because the Charter forbids parliament from passing laws that discriminate against people on the basis of their “race, national or ethnic origin.” Since 1982, the rights of Canadians have become much clearer and more easily protected than in previous decades. Parliament no longer attempts to pass laws that threaten certain rights, and if they do citizens can take the government to court to get the law overruled by a judge. This has led to a growth in judicial power over the lawmaking process, which is not without controversy.”
Source: The Canadian Legal System.
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