Socio-Economic Rights Under the Canadian Charter
Canadian Issues/Thèmes canadiens 26-31, (2007)
M. Langford, ed., Socio-Economic Rights Jurisprudence: Emerging Trends in Comparative International Law (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008)
6 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2013 Last revised: 14 Mar 2015
Date Written: Fall 2007
While the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms does not mention socio-economic rights explicitly, the language of the Charter – particularly sections 7 and 15 – offers a firm foundation for constitutional protection for economic, social and cultural rights. The author argues that, considering the historical expectations of rights holders; the Charter's open-ended and expansive wording; its balancing of individual rights and collective values; the important interpretive role of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in determining the scope of rights and governments' responsibilities; and the broad range of remedies available for Charter violations, there is no reason why the Canadian courts should not play an active role in safeguarding socio-economic rights in Canada.
Keywords: Canada, Canadian, socio-economic, rights, disability, Charter, discrimination, equality, freedoms, government, socio-economic, economic, Supreme Court, International Covenant, human rights, economic rights
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