Word cloud of policy debates taking place in Parliament. Copyright: Library of Parliament.

The Regulation of Marijuana under Canadian Law

(Disponible en français : La réglementation de la marijuana selon la loi canadienne) Marijuana, otherwise known as cannabis, has been legally prohibited in Canada since 1923. The 2002 report of the Senate Special Committee on Illegal Drugs noted that there was little debate surrounding this addition to the criminal law at the time; as such,…

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The Supreme Court Decision on Assisted Suicide

(Disponible en français : La décision de la Cour suprême sur le suicide assisté) On 6 February 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision on a constitutional challenge of the prohibition in the Criminal Code against assisted suicide. The Court held unanimously in Carter v. Canada (Attorney General) that the prohibition violates the…

Banks and Consumer Protection: Not Exclusively Parliament’s Jurisdiction

(Disponible en français : Banques et protection des consommateurs – Une compétence fédérale, mais pas exclusivement) In recent rulings, the Supreme Court of Canada clarified some constitutional issues concerning federal and provincial authority in regulating certain banking practices. Section 91(15) of the Constitution Act, 1867 gives Parliament the power to regulate “banking, incorporation of banks…

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Language Rights of Francophones in Western Canada to Be Heard by the Supreme Court … Today

(Disponible en français : Les droits linguistiques des francophones de l’Ouest devant la Cour suprême… aujourd’hui) The accused and their court challenge Today the Supreme Court will hear the case between Her Majesty the Queen, et al. (respondents) and Gilles Caron, et al. (appellants), a francophone Albertan charged with an offence under Alberta’s Traffic Safety…