Problems with Charter of Rights and Freedoms

There is a lot of concern being expressed regarding delays in the justice system and the response of police and law enforcement agencies to what appear to be straight forward law enforcement issues. Based on my experience in law enforcement it is my opinion that a significant part of the problem is the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. To have rights and freedoms cast in law without associated responsibilities is bad law and has resulted in a host of problems.

Citizens in a free society clearly benefit from a Charter of Rights and Freedoms. However, in a well ordered society citizens have a number of responsibilities that also need to be spelled out in the charter. These responsibilities include respect and compliance with the law, voting and participating in the political process, taking part in community activities and respecting the rights and freedoms of others to name a few.

It is my opinion that until the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is amended to include responsibilities we will continue to experience unnecessary delays in our justice system.

Jack Carradice


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