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New “Canadian Free Trade Agreement” Ignores The Constitution

New “Canadian Free Trade Agreement” Ignores The Constitution

Apr 09 2017

If you loosen a prisoner’s shackles, he may thank you for giving him more room to move, but it doesn’t make him free. Bear this in mind when you read industry groups praising the “historic” new Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) announced on Friday by the Federal Government and the

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Constitution Day: Good News For Property Rights, Bilingualism; Bad News For Free Speech, The Senate.

Constitution Day: Good News For Property Rights, Bilingualism; Bad News For Free Speech, The Senate.

Mar 29 2017

New for Constitution Day 2017, a Canadian Constitution Foundation (CCF) survey looks at Canadians’ knowledge and views of our Constitution and how they would change it. News releases covering individual topics can be found at the following links: New poll: Canadians open to amending the Constitution New poll: Canadians lukewarm

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Constitution Day: New poll shows Canadians are open to amending the Constitution

Constitution Day: New poll shows Canadians are open to amending the Constitution

Mar 29 2017

From adding property rights to the Charter, to abolishing the Senate, to ending the equality rights exception for affirmative action programs, Canadians are remarkably open to supporting amendments to our Constitution. According to a new Ipsos poll commissioned by the Canadian Constitution Foundation to mark the 150th Anniversary of Canada’s

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Canadian leaders are big talkers on free trade. But what about within our own borders?

Canadian leaders are big talkers on free trade. But what about within our own borders?

Mar 15 2017

Donald Trump’s election promise to tear up trade agreements seems to have unleashed the Liberal Party’s inner Milton Friedman. Since November, Ottawa has seen the most passionate defence of free trade from a non-conservative party in more than a century, with the prime minister and his cabinet taking every opportunity

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Justice Glenn D. Joyal: 2017 Law and Freedom Conference keynote

Justice Glenn D. Joyal: 2017 Law and Freedom Conference keynote

Mar 08 2017

Below is the full text of Chief Justice Joyal’s keynote address at the Canadian Constitution Foundation’s 2017 Law and Freedom Conference. This presentation was titled “The Charter and Canada’s New Political Culture: Are We All Ambassadors Now?” and was given on January 6, 2017. A video of this speech can

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If Alberta believes in free trade, it will lift unconstitutional barriers on craft beer

If Alberta believes in free trade, it will lift unconstitutional barriers on craft beer

Mar 08 2017

Alberta is all abuzz. Rachel Notley is back from her trip to Washington, D.C. She was there to advocate for our province’s economic interests against the rising tide of American trade protectionism and to explain how trade with Alberta benefits both us and the U.S. She’s right. Protectionism is harmful

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Vaping Laws Keep Less Harmful Option Out Of Canadians’ Reach

Vaping Laws Keep Less Harmful Option Out Of Canadians’ Reach

Mar 01 2017

On Feb. 23, 2017, the Canadian Constitution Foundation released a report titled “Vaping and the Law,” in which we surveyed and compared vaping legislation from across Canada. The chances are, unless you’re a smoker or former-smoker, you may not even know what vaping is. E-cigarettes are battery-operated, electronic devices that

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Generational pressure for health-care choice

Generational pressure for health-care choice

Feb 28 2017

I recently attended a lunch about the “Cambie Clinic” case, an ongoing constitutional challenge to British Columbia’s public healthcare monopoly. One of the guests, a former premier of a large province, was asked why he didn’t encourage more private healthcare options when he was in office. His answer was candid:

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Millar: E-cigarettes are a safe and excellent way of reducing our smoking rates

Millar: E-cigarettes are a safe and excellent way of reducing our smoking rates

Feb 28 2017

Last summer, I was tasked with researching e-cigarette legislation across Canada for the Canadian Constitution Foundation’s recently released report. E-cigarettes are battery-operated devices used to inhale vapour that can contain nicotine and are often used as a substitute for traditional cigarettes. To aid my research, I became better acquainted with

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