The Political Purposes of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
1983 article by Peter H. Russell examining the prospects of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to fulfil the purposes of promoting national unity and better protecting fundamental rights and freedoms.
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.
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.
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).