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Letter to the Editor: Freedom of conscience plays vital role

Friday, August 14, 2020 @ 8:55 AM | By Regan S. Christensen

Just wanted to send a quick note to let you know how much I appreciated the article, Blazing the trail: Prototypical freedom, by Barry Bussey. 

I particularly appreciated his reminder that, “Unfortunately, many now behave as if freedom originated a mere 38 years ago, when the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was entrenched in April 1982. We would do well to remember that the Charter did not come from nothing: over the centuries, our history and legal tradition developed a tremendous body of law protecting our basic human rights.”

I often find myself concerned and saddened by the lack of historical perspective I witness in both private and  public discussions of rights, responsibilities and increasingly eroded checks on government authority. Thank you for reminding us of the vital role freedom of conscience plays in undergirding our other fundamental freedoms and of the bravery of those who fought over centuries to secure the rights we today so often take for granted. We all must be vigilant in safeguarding those rights for ourselves and especially for future generations.

Regan S. Christensen is a lawyer with Christensen Law Firm, Cambridge, Ont.

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