The Charter Of Rights And Freedoms

1363 Words Oct 21st, 2015 6 Pages
The phenomenon of entrenching the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is not new to Canadian citizens, but it is a notion that is perceived in several ways. Many view it as a feature that disregards the fundamental right to democracy, an integral part of Canada’s political system. A functioning democracy is an important factor in providing citizens with the utmost rights and freedoms deserved. Society’s full potential is not being achieved if there are individuals who believe their principle of democracy is being violated. This violation nonetheless, true or not, should not be ignored. The fundamental belief that the entrenchment of our Charter violates the principle of democracy lies at the heart of the judiciary. Simply speaking, judicial review is not legitimate. To have individuals who are appointed to such a position, as opposed to being voted in, completely neglects the purpose of democracy. Democracy, in short, is ruled by the people of society (Waluchow, 2015). When society cannot freely decide those who make decisions on their behalf, their democratic rights are threatened. These judges hold no democratic accountability; there is no way for the people of society to know if the decisions being made are truthful and liable. Voting ensures that people know exactly who is being put into power and who is best fit to represent society’s beliefs and morals. The judges who are appointed come from only the elite of society, which means they come from comparable backgrounds –…
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