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Articles | July 14, 2011
Securities Regulation and the Division of Powers

Category: Federalism

Introduction On May 26, 2010, the Federal Minister of Finance tabled the Canadian Securities Act in the House of Commons and initiated a Supreme Court Reference[1]. The Reference question put to the Supreme Court was whether the proposed Canadian Securities Act was within the

Articles | Brendon Legault | July 7, 2011
R. v. Withler (Canada) Attorney-General

Category: The Charter, Equality Rights (Section 15)

Withler v (Canada) Attorney-General[1] The Facts A class action suit was brought against the Canadian government by the spouses of deceased members of the Civil Service and the Canadian Armed Forces. They argued that a provision of the Public Service Superannuation

Articles | James Raworth | June 17, 2011
Senate Term Limits: Perspectives on Reform

Category: Federalism

Introduction Can the Federal government unilaterally impose term limits on members of the Senate? Does such a drastic change in our parliamentary institutions demand a formal constitutional amendment agreed by 7 provinces representing 50% of the population? Perhaps not. This

Articles | Brent Thompson | June 11, 2011
The “Khadr Resolution” & the Conservative Party convention, 2011

Category: The Charter, Democratic Rights (Sections 3-5), Mobility Rights (Section 6), Legal Rights (Sections 7-14), Minority Language Education Rights (Section 23)

During the lead-up to the 2011 Conservative Party convention in Ottawa, media attention turned to a proposal termed by some as the “Khadr Resolution”.[1] The resolution was inspired by the case of Omar Khadr, a young Canadian citizen who fought alongside

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