The Activist Constitution

Policy Options, Vol. 20, pp. 27-30, 1999

4 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2008

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Lorraine Weinrib

University of Toronto - Faculty of Law

Date Written: April 1, 1999


Neo-conservative critics condemn Charter interpretation as the judicial imposition of naked preferences. Yet judicial interpretation is firmly grounded in the Charter's text and political history and Canada's institutional structure and postwar social model. The critics reserve their praise for judges who do exactly what they decry - impose their own personal, conservative values not found in the Charter.

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Weinrib, Lorraine, The Activist Constitution (April 1, 1999). Policy Options, Vol. 20, pp. 27-30, 1999, Available at SSRN:

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