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Judges and the Charter Revolution

From: Essential Readings in Canadian Government and Politics, 2nd Edition


Excerpt of a 2000 book by F.L. Morton and Rainer Knopff, The Charter Revolution and the Court Party, arguing that the Supreme Court of Canada has redesigned itself from a constitutional adjudicator to a constitutional oracle, subjecting the policymaking process to systematic and continuous judicial intervention.



Peter Russell

Peter H. Russell is Professor of political science (Emeritus) at the University of Toronto. François Rocher is a Professor and Director of the School of Political Studies at the University of Ottawa. His research interests are focused upon Canadian federalism, constitutional politics, immigration and citizenship, and Canadian and Quebec nationalism.

François Rocher

Debra Thompson received her PhD in political science at the University of Toronto before becoming a post-doctoral fellow with the Center for American Political Studies at Harvard University. She is now an Assistant Professor of African American studies at Northwestern University. Her primary research interests are racial and ethnic politics, Canadian politics, and American political development.

Debra Thompson

Amanda Bittner is an Associate Professor of political science at Memorial University. She obtained her MA and PhD at the University of British Columbia, and her BA at the University of Toronto. A comparativist, her primary research interests include elections, voting, and public opinion. She has published a number of books and articles, including Platform or Personality? Understanding the Role of Leaders in Elections (2011, OUP) and Parties, Elections, and the Future of Canadian Politics (2013, UBC Press).