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


Filed under Section 3: Democratic Rights