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Canadian Bar Review. Volume 61, Number 1 (1983), p. 391-397.


Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom


Under section 33 of the 'Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms,' Parliament or a provincial legislature may enact a clause exempting legislation from the application of certain Charter provisions. It is commonly assumed that an override clause complying with section 33 takes effect automatically and is not subject to judicial review under the Charter. However, respectable arguments can be made to the contrary. I will set out one such argument here and briefly review the main objections to it.

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