A Free And Democratic Society

782 WordsNov 20, 20164 Pages
In a free and democratic society, one of the fundamental principles is that people should be treated in a manner that is fair and equitable. A peace-loving liberal democracy such as Canada intends to apply the rule of law to all of its citizens. For most social and political issues, this is the case; a social need is often followed by a solution from the government that has equitable and fair applications. Historically, the marginalization of minority groups has been a pressing and contentious issue within the country. Not long ago, women were not able to vote, and blacks were not able to go to school with whites. Since these were deemed to be grossly unfair bereavements of fundamental rights to these individuals, legislative changes were made to ensure that these groups are treated the same as all other citizens. By 1940, all provinces in Canada allowed women to vote, and by 1965, the last segregated Black school in Ontario was closed. It can be said that as time goes on, Canada progresses more and more towards a platform in which all citizens can have their values supported and understood. However, it is apparent that within Aboriginal groups in Canada, the government’s response to their needs has not been ideal. There is significant suffering within indigenous communities in Canada. Poverty is widespread, and the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls is becoming an increasing problem. The source of these issues within indigenous communities
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