The Charter Debates: The Special Joint Committee on the Constitution, 1980-81 and the Making of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

The Charter Debates: The Special Joint Committee on the Constitution, 1980-81 and the Making of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

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By Adam M. Dodek
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2018
World Rights
432 Pages
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ISBN 9781442628489
Available Jan 2018
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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.

Adam Dodek is a professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Ottawa. He is one of the founders of the university’s Public Law Group and in 2014 Canadian Lawyer named him as one of the top 25 most influential lawyers in Canada. In 2015 he was awarded the Law Society Medal by the Law Society of Upper Canada.

Introduction

Chapter 1 – Prelude: The Long Road to the Joint Committee

Chapter 2 – The Cast

Chapter 3 – At the Joint Committee

Chapter 4 – From the Joint Committee to Patriation

Chapter 5 – The Limitations Clause

Chapter 6 – Fundamental Freedoms

Chapter 7 – Democratic Rights

Chapter 8 – Mobility Rights

Chapter 9 – Legal Rights

Chapter 10 – Equality Rights

Chapter 11 – Language Rights

Chapter 12 – Judicial Review, Enforcement and Remedies

Chapter 13 – Multiculturalism

Chapter 14 – Denominational Rights

Chapter 15 – Aboriginal Rights

Appendix A

Appendix B