The « Notwithstanding Clause »

The rights proclaimed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms annulled by the « notwithstanding clause » are:

– freedom of conscience and religion

– freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication

– freedom of peaceful assembly

– freedom of association

– the right to life

– the right to liberty

– the presumption of innocence

– the right to security of person

– the right to a lawyer in the case of an arrest or a detention

A law adopted through the Charter’s notwithstanding clause ceases to have effect five years after coming into force, and may only be renewed upon the adoption of a new notwithstanding provision. This demonstrates the absurdity of the claim that the passing of a law on religious symbols will provide social peace on the matter « once and for all. » In five years’ time, everything will begin all over again. There won’t be any peace, that’s for sure.