Commentary: S. 15 Can Help Bring Legitimacy to Our Democracy

26:14 The Lawyers Weekly 11, 2006

2 Pages Posted: 20 Sep 2013

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Martha Jackman

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section

Date Written: August 18, 2006

Abstract

At the 20th anniversary of the coming into force of section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (right to equality), constitutional scholar Martha Jackman discusses the value of section 15 as a mechanism for challenging systemic inequities in Canadian society. She concludes that section 15 of the Charter can be interpreted and applied to directly address problems in Canada's political and Parliamentary system that undermine the confidence of people in poverty in Canada's courts and democratic institutions.

Keywords: Canada, Canadian, law, legal, constitution, Charter of Rights, section 15, equality, right, systemic, inequity, inequality, structural, political, parliament, parliamentary system, legislature, poverty, democracy, democratic

Suggested Citation

Jackman, Martha, Commentary: S. 15 Can Help Bring Legitimacy to Our Democracy (August 18, 2006). 26:14 The Lawyers Weekly 11, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2304529 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2304529

Martha Jackman (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa - Common Law Section ( email )

57 Louis Pasteur Street
Ottawa, K1N 6N5
Canada

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