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Wilson-Raybould discloses principles in Charter cases

Thursday, March 23, 2017 @ 8:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

Canada’s attorney general says she follows six principles in deciding whether to defend Charter challenges, including attacks on Conservative-era laws the Liberals have pledged to repeal.

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould told a conference on the Charter, put on by the University of Ottawa March 10, she must uphold the “principle of parliamentary democracy” which makes her, as attorney general, “responsible for upholding laws passed by Parliament until they are changed by Parliament or declared unconstitutional by a court.”

Since the Liberals took office 17 months ago,...