Fundamental Freedoms - The Charter of Rights and Freedoms
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Impact of the Charter for citizens
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Case law since 1982

Governments, organizations and individuals have asked courts to decide many different issues under the Charter. There have been cases about Charter rights relating to legal assistance, personal records in sexual assault trials, advertising directed at children, tobacco advertising, pornography, electronic surveillance, privacy rights, assisted suicide, the death penalty, funding for minority language education, workplace discrimination, parental leave, same-sex marriage, fair pensions, publication bans, election financing, religious expression and much more. To see examples, take a look at the Case Law sections under Inside the Charter on this website.

Sir Wildred Laurier, 1877. We have no absolute rights among us. The rights of each man, in our state of society end pricisely at the point where they encroach upon the rights of others.
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