CHARTER VALUES

Charter Values, Rights and Freedoms for All

Unlike Charter rights, “Charter values” are amorphous and undefined. They may change depending on public opinion or partisan politics. Constitutional rights and freedoms (including freedom of conscience, religion, thought, and expression) must not be supplanted by subjective “values.”

Charter values like ‘equality’, ‘justice’, and ‘dignity’ become mere rhetorical devices by which courts can give priority to particular moral judgments … over other values and over Charter rights themselves”

– Supreme Court Justices Côté & Brown