Fundamental Freedoms - The Charter of Rights and Freedoms
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Clauses and Provisions
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Introduction

The first part of the Charter speaks about Charter rights - fundamental freedoms, democratic rights, mobility rights, legal rights, equality rights and language rights. But how are these rights enforced? To whom do they apply?

If a government passes a law that violates the Charter, what happens? If police violate Charter rights when investigating a crime, what happens? Can governments avoid the Charter? Do private companies have to follow the Charter? How does the Charter relate to human rights laws? Are Charter rights guaranteed equally to men and women? Do Charter rights affect Aboriginal rights? How does the Charter treat Canada's multi-cultural heritage?

Answers to these questions and more can be found under the Charter's clauses and provisions. Check it out!

W.L. Mackenze King, 1906-7. In any civilized coummunity, private rights should cease when they become public wrongs.
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