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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Adam M. Dodek
University of Toronto Press, Jan 1, 2018 - Law - 483 pages

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.

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Part One
15
Part Two
81
The Special Joint Committee of the Senate and the House of Commons on the Constitution of Canada 198081
429
Groups and Individuals Who Appeared and Gave Evidence before the Committee
431
Notes
443
Index
465
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rosalind hampton is an assistant professor in the Department of Social Justice Education at the University of Toronto

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