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Religious Freedom and Equality Concerns under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 March 2001

Shannon Ishiyama Smithey
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA


Section 2(a) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees freedom of conscience and religion. In interpreting the Charter, the courts have interpreted this provision to prevent the legislatures from discriminating against religious minorities by promoting particular religious practices. Judges have been much less willing to protect religious minority groups from secular laws that interfere with their religious convictions. The religion cases hold important implications for those concerned about cultural diversity and the equality of Canada's many ethnic communities, as well as for the debate over the increased power of courts under the Charter.

Research Article
© The Canadian Political Science Association (l'Association canadienne de science politique) and/et la Société québécoise de science politique

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