Charter of Rights and Freedoms
We celebrate this week, the 40th anniversary of the signing of what every civilized country must have as a safety measure for it’s populous, a Ten Commandments if you will for the people and particularly for our leaders, Canada’s Charter of Rights & Freedoms, our Constitution.
Rex Murphy writes with tongue in cheek the following-
“The one great bulwark for every single citizen’s civic integrity, The very banner of Canadian democracy. The text of our liberties. A great invulnerable wall against the encroachments of government on the day -to-day lives of Canadians. Canada’s Magna Carta”.
This explanation sounds very grand and high- fluting but our CCRF would seem to be in need a few tweaks to be of any value to the people and to fulfill Mr. Murphy’s explanation. For what it is worth, in my opinion, any legal document written by man for man is only worth the parchment it is written on if the powers that are in control are not willing to abide by its intent. Our former Canadian Bill of Rights 1960 c. 44 was pretty straight forward and uncomplicated by comparison to the latest document we celebrate to-day. It seems that the more verbiage lawyers can put down on paper, the more confusing, which leaves open a greater scope for different interpretations. Government mandates during covid have proven this to be the case. When free thinking citizens refer to our CCRF for support of their cause, whether it be freedom of speech, assembly, religion, travel, the pursuit of earning a living, or respect of our personal bodies as to what is injected into us, the jurists find they can interpret the Charter as to not be relevant. One voice that has been considered not relevant to the interpretation of the CCRF is the last living co-signer and architect of the document, former Premier of Newfoundland, Brian Peckford. In a recent interview, Mr. Peckford seemed frustrated that he has never been consulted for his first-hand explanation of the Charter’s wording and it’s intent and that the National Post will not print him. When I questioned the Editor-in- chief of the National Post, Rob Roberts, he said that they don’t have room to run everything submitted to us so we say no to a lot of people. The post did run a short piece back on Feb 1st. announcing that Peckford was suing the federal government because of the flight restrictions on the unvaxed. That was the last time the Post printed anything on Mr. Peckford. I would have to assume Mr. Roberts is not at all interested nor is the Canadian media in what Peckford has to say regarding the Canadian Charter of Rights that he helped construct. This is what he wants the people of Canada, judges and the leaders of this great country to take into consideration when interpretating the intent of this document. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms should reflect –
“The Supremacy of God and the Rule of Law.”
Paul D. Scott rantingsandraves.com