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La disposition limitative de la Charte canadienne: une invitation à définir les droits et libertés aux contours indéterminés

Webber, Grégoire C. N. (2009) La disposition limitative de la Charte canadienne: une invitation à définir les droits et libertés aux contours indéterminés. In: Tremblay, Luc B. and Webber, Grégoire C. N., (eds.) la Limitation des Droits De la Charte: Essais Critiques Sur L’arrêt R. C. Oakes. Thémis, Montreal, Canada. ISBN 978289402636

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Abstract

This essay challenges the received approach to the limitation of rights in Canada, arguing that the Supreme Court's jurisprudence has strayed from the path set by the Canadian Charter's limitation clause. The Supreme Court employs the key words 'infringement', 'impairment', 'breach', and 'violation' to trigger a proportionality analysis, with the consequence that the limitation clause analysis is looked upon with suspicion as a defence for the infringement of constitutional rights. Yet, the limitation clause speaks of a right's limit, which is synonymous with its 'boundary', 'demarcation', and 'border', suggesting that a limitation clause serves as a gateway for specifying and defining indeterminate rights. This understanding allows for rights to be situated within, rather than opposed to, a free and democratic society. In this way, the legislature's acts become a source for the definition of rights rather than their violation and all rights become candidates for being absolute.

Item Type: Book Section
Official URL: http://www.themis.umontreal.ca/
Additional Information: © 2009 Thémis
Library of Congress subject classification: K Law > K Law (General)
Sets: Departments > Law
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Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2009 11:52
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/26051/

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