Charter Cases: Section 3: Democratic Rights

Section 3 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms:

“Every citizen of Canada has the right to vote in an election of the members of the House of Commons or of a legislative assembly and to be qualified for membership therein.” [Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Section 3]

Sauvé v. Canada (Chief Electoral Officer), [2002] 3 S.C.R. 519

In this case, the Supreme Court of Canada struck down Section 51(e) of the Canada Elections Act, which deprived prevented convicted criminals from voting while in prison. Continue reading

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