It's better than what other options? Can you demonstrate how the Charter has improved Canada's freedom? Can you show me the case law which has made Canadians (as opposed to criminals) free, where they weren't before?
What human rights do we have now that we didn't have before?
As for those fickle politicians, they, at least, can be tossed out on their asses, unlike judges.
Thats a different discussion and thats a question for legislators not the courts. They wrote the thing, and they can unwrite it if they want to.
What I was talking about is the idea of having an independent judiciary to reconcile conflicts between thousands of laws, and constitutional framework documents.
But to answer your question theres lots of good stuff in the Charter, some of it extremely important.
Section 3: the right to vote and to be eligible to serve as member of a legislature.
Section 7: right to life, liberty, and security of the person.
Section 8: freedom from unreasonable search and seizure.
Section 9: freedom from arbitrary detention or imprisonment.
Section 10: right to legal counsel and the guarantee of habeas corpus.
Section 11: rights in criminal and penal matters such as the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Section 12: right not to be subject to cruel and unusual punishment.
Section 13: rights against self-incrimination
Section 14: rights to an interpreter in a court proceeding.
Edited by dre, 16 April 2012 - 04:01 PM.