[MLJ Shorts] The New Era of the Notwithstanding Clause

Posted on Tue, 28 May 2024

Over the last 5 years, the use of section 33 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, known as the Notwithstanding Clause, has become increasingly controversial. This episode delves into the historical context of the Notwithstanding Clause to shed light on the section’s current issues. Using Quebec’s Bill 21 and Ontario’s Working Families cases, we highlight the tensions between legislative authority and judicial oversight.

We speak with Marion Sandilands, partner at Conway Litigation and Professor at the University of Ottawa.

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