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U.S. v. Cotroni, [1989] 1 S.C.R. 1469 (Supreme Court of Canada)
The United States wanted to extradite two Canadian citizens from Canada to face drug charges. The Court decided that extradition violates a citizen's right under section 6 of the Charter to stay in Canada.

The Court then applied section 1 of the Charter and decided that extradition was a reasonable limit to section 6. It is important to have international cooperation to deal with crime, and extradition is an appropriate way to achieve this goal.

Law Society of Alberta v. Black et al., [1989] 1 S.C.R. 591 (Supreme Court of Canada)
This case challenged rules of the Alberta Law Society limiting law firms from operating in more than one province. The Court decided that under section 6 of the Charter, a person's right to make a living in a province did not mean that the person had to physically move there.

This is general information only. To find out what the Court said in a case, refer to specific judgments. Links to Supreme Court of Canada judgments can be found in the Resources section of this Web site (see top and bottom menus).

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