The Charter of Rights and Freedoms was signed 30 years ago Tuesday. Since then, not only has it become a national bedrock, but the Charter has replaced the American Bill of Rights as the constitutional document most emulated by other nations.
“Could it be that Canada has surpassed or even supplanted the United States as a leading global exporter of constitutional law? The data suggest that the answer may be yes.” So conclude two U.S. law professors whose analysis of the declining influence of the American constitution on other nations will be published in New York University Law Review in June.
Here is a comment to the article:
Well, I can’t speak for the world and I’m not sure that the Globe and Mail can legitimately do so, but I am proud of the Charter for the simple fact that it acknowledges that Canadian citizens are something other than tools of the state.
What a welcome relief. Imagine a government that does not treat its citizens as the property of the state, cows to be milked and as instruments of foreign policy!
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