Osgoode Hall Law Journal


Noel Lyon

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The Article sets out a theory of interpretation where the Charter reflects an authoritative standard of public policy. It is not to be used only as a test of legality but as a test of legitimacy. Section 35 of the Constitution on aboriginal rights offers an opportunity in which the Charter's central concept of fundamental justice in the context of a free and democratic society can be applied to break out of sterile common law conceptions and interpretations. The questions of legitimacy and public policy are instrumental to the way we govern ourselves.