Tuesday, April 17, 2007

PM Harper Snubs Charter 25th Anniversary

From CBC News:

PM's snub of charter anniversary 'shocking': Chr├ętien:

Jean Chr├ętien says he is shocked that the federal Conservative government has no plans to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

"We're celebrating the 25th anniversary this week and they don't want to have anything to do about it. It's just kind of shocking," the former prime minister told CBC News on Monday."

"... I hope they will not put the flag at half-mast [Tuesday] because it will be the anniversary."

Harper and critics have complained in the past that judges have used the charter to undermine the powers of Parliament.

Harper was barely a month into office when he suggested judges should show greater deference to Parliament and "apply the law, not make it."

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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