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ISBN: 9781459406612-05

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Legal Rights

From: The Charter of Rights and Freedoms


The Supreme Court’s controversial decision to strike down Canada’s abortion law is reviewed in chapter 5, which centres on the “legal rights” sections of the Charter. Also considered in this chapter are Supreme Court decisions concerning the right to an independent judge, the right to counsel (especially with regard to drunk drivers), police powers of search and seizure, the presumption of innocence, and whether cruise-missile testing violates security of the person. Supreme Court decisions concerning the treatment of terrorist suspects are analyzed. Finally, the application of the right to “security of the person” is considered with regard to prostitutes and those in harm-reduction programs.



Ian Greene

IAN GREENE was a professor of political science at York University, where he served as Dean of Arts and Science. He has written widely about judges, judging, and the Canadian court system. His other books include Honest Politics (with David P. Shugarman) and Judges and Judging (with Peter McCormick). Ian lives in Toronto.