Overriding Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution

By Massimo Stefanovic

On October 11, 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada voted 7 to 2 in favour of allowing the Crown to bypass a part of Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution. Section 35 is a major piece of the constitution that is responsible for the rights of Indigenous people in Canada. Prior to this court case, the Prime Minister and members of his/her party are supposed to discuss specific information with them. They were expected to discuss any bills in the executive branch that would affect the Indigenous population. After October 11 the court ruled out that the Crown no longer faces any obligation to inform them unless it concerns their rights when in the legislative branch.

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