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Master of Arts




The issue to be examined is whether the provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms are capable of affording protection to socio-economic rights. It will be demonstrated that the provincial and federal governments of Canada are obligated at domestic and international law to provide socioeconomic rights protection, and the courts are required to enforce those obligations. The provisions of the Charter are one mechanism that can be used to enforce the governments’ obligations, as the Charter was intended to give effect to our societal goal of affording equal respect and concern to all individuals. Fulfilling that intent requires the Charter’s provisions to be interpreted in a broad manner that affords protection to any and all socioeconomic rights that qualify as fundamental human rights, i.e., rights that facilitate and are necessary for the enjoyment of other rights.



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