Free Smart Phone App of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
In order to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms we are making our Smart Phone App available for free at the link at the bottom of this page.
The Charter was adopted during former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s tenure when the Constitution was patriated from the United Kingdom on April 17, 1982. Queen Elizabeth II attended a ceremony on Parliament Hill to sign the documents that transformed us from being a parliamentary democracy to a constitutional one.
Since then the Charter has reshaped Canadian society in big ways and small, bringing sweeping and at times controversial change. “On balance,” says Peter Hogg, one of the nation’s most respected constitutional scholars, “we have improved our country’s governance” by having it. At root, the Charter empowers the people, he told Lawyers Weekly in a recent interview. That is its great, enduring value.
Justice Claire L’Heureux-Dubé once put it, memorably, the Charter “stretched the cords of liberty” and enfranchised us all.