The McGill Institute for the Study of Canada hosts a conference on the history and impact of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, McGill University, Montreal, Que., February 14–16, 2007. The event marks the Charter’s 25th anniversary.
This February 15th session focuses on the state of Canadian democracy since the Charter’s implementation.
Rainer Knopff (professor of political science at the University of Calgary) explores arguments about the Charter’s support for democratic ideals. Martha Jackman (professor of law at the University of Ottawa) outlines the democracy-enhancing potential of the Charter. Marilou McPhedran (Ariel Sallows chair in International Human Rights at the University of Saskatchewan College of Law) discusses the relationship between the integrity of Canadian democracy and the availability of resources that promote gender equality.
Jean-François Gaudreault-DesBiens (professor in the Université de Montréal Faculty of Law) focuses on changing definitions of “democracy” after the Charter’s implementation. Andrew Petter (dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Victoria) talks about the Charter’s impact on political culture.
After speaking, panellists field questions from conference attendees.