Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Economic Liberty

My friend Karen. Selick of the CCF (one of my favorite charities!Please give to the CCF!!) writes a very important piece on economic freedom. One of the biggest ways of encouraging freedom is starving the nanny state of the money it wants to rob us of our freedom. We should be able to do what we want with our own money and property. Trudeaus's deeply flawed charter does little to protect economic freedom.

Bad legal reasoning — especially when it comes from the country’s highest court — is similar to an urban legend. Once launched into the world of legal precedent, bad reasoning gets stripped down to a pithy slogan, then repeated over and over again until everyone accepts it as a truth beyond questioning, even when it’s fallacious.

That’s what happened to the concept of “economic liberty” 22 years ago, when Canadian courts were first wrestling with the then relatively new Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

In a 1989 case, three justices of the Supreme Court of Canada raised doubts about whether economic liberty should be considered part of the “life, liberty and security of the person” guarantee of the Charter. However, they said it was too early in the history of Charter jurisprudence to decide the issue definitively.

1 comment:

potato said...

"Liberty" isn't qualified in the Charter, hence it automatically includes economic liberty.

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