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“A Pragmatic Tool”

Posted on 18 April 2012

In light of the 30th anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Frank Peebles has a nice article in the Prince George Citizen today outlining a couple of key charter cases with links to northern B.C. There’s links to the allowance of Sikh turbans as part of the RCMP uniform, and then there’s same-sex marriage. One of the first same-sex marriages to be allowed in the country was here in Prince George. It’s telling to read the words of Theresa Healey on what the Charter means to her:

“It is not just a philosophical beacon of hope that we can be better than we are, it is a pragmatic tool to ensure those who are trapped by ignorance that the power they might want to wield against the less popular – like gays, First Nations, women, the poor, immigrants i.e. most of us – isn’t actually legal.”

Full article here.

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