June 15, 2015

Magna Carta now touring Canada as part of 800th anniversary celebrations

John RobsonResident Historian
 

On the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta, Canadians can and should see the actual document, which is now touring Canada. We need to keep its ideals alive in our hearts and our institutions.

But we also need to show that we care.

The exhibit will be in the National Capital Region at the Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau from June 12 to July 26; in Winnipeg at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights from August 15 to September 18; in Toronto at the Fort York National Historic Site from October 4 to November 7; and in Edmonton at the Legislative Assembly of Alberta Visitor Centre from November 23 to December 29.

Please go, take your children or grandchildren, tell them the story of freedom and, by showing up, tell your fellow Canadians and the powers that be that you care.



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commented 2015-06-25 14:28:14 -0400
Erin Berney;
Part of me doesn’t want to respond because I can’t really figure out what you’re saying and I don’t know if that’s because I’m not smart enough or because you’re too smart…the better part of me decided to respond anyway.
My point was that even though the Charter, the HRC and tribunals etc., all sound nice and pretty as written, you have to observe how they’re being used, by whom, to what end and who the real ‘victims’ are in order to understand why they are so destructive to our Fundamental Rights. It’s a big scam. It’s like the Bill of Rights and the American Constitution, those 10 amendments in that document don’t confer any rights, it merely illustrates them.
Am I correct in thinking you disagree that our Fundamental Rights are being, have been eroded or eradicated? If so you should read Ezra Levant’s address to a kangaroo court in Alberta:
http://www.williamgairdner.com/journal/2008/1/16/a-great-speech.html
The mentally disordered liberals and their mentally disordered ideology, doctrine and dogma have done so much damage to this country and everywhere else on the planet they have infiltrated and taken over. I love the idea of the Magna Carta and everything grand and noble that has arisen from the illustration of those rights that are inherent in being human, God given, unalienable rights.
commented 2015-06-24 06:38:16 -0400
Dan, I think you are mistaking natural rights for legal rights. The former are what you might call “unalienable” whereas the latter are conferred by and dependent on a particular legal system. I would also distinguish between “human rights”, as in the 1948 UN Declaration, which are better described as “soft” rights. Natural rights are generally negative, whereas human rights and legal rights are typically thought of as rights-bestowing.
Before the Charter, there was really just the Constitution Act, and the Bill of Rights, which is only a federal enactment with no formal constitutional status. Natural justice doesn’t confer rights like free speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, etc., it merely protects those rights from unreasonable or arbitrary interference by the state and ensures it follows the rules of fair procedure developed by the common law.
I’m not sure I understand your point, otherwise. What is the distinction between the relevancy of “the principles behind the Magna Carta as applied today – or not – in our ‘modern’ system of law” and the relevancy of “the principles themselves”? I was discussing the relevancy of the principles themselves, evidenced by their being alive and well in modern Canadian law.
commented 2015-06-23 02:32:53 -0400
Erin Berney, please forgive me if I’ve misread you…when you say, “To imply that the Charter and repatriation(sic) of the Canadian constitution somehow supplanted these basic principles is absurd.”
I would respond to that with: “What has happened to leave Canada in such a decaying state of debt, division, and dependence? How did we become subject to such intrusive government control and loss of freedom? What can we do to escape the deep socialist hole in which we find ourselves?
These are the questions that William Gairdner and Kenneth McDonald seek to answer in their respective books Constitutional Crack-Up and His Pride, Our Fall. Both authors recognize that the radical transformation of the political, economic and legal foundations of our society resulted from the policies of Pierre Trudeau. In thirty years, Canada’s English-style government, based on a common law system and the inherent freedom of the individual, has been eliminated. In its place today is a French-style, centralized, egalitarian welfare state…”, from a book review:
http://www.tkc.com/resources/resources-pages/ohcanada.html
Gairdner, in “The Problem With Canada…Still”, also discusses how the process works in using the so-called Charter of Rights and Freedoms to eradicate our pre-existing unalienable Common Law rights. For example, our current loss of Fundamental Rights like, the loss of free speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, to name a few…where are our property rights?
I believe PK was referring to the relevancy of the principles behind the Magna Carta as applied today – or not – in our ‘modern’ system of law, not the principles themselves.
commented 2015-06-21 06:59:57 -0400
No Peter, it doesn’t. Parliament has allowed the courts to become politicized by ignoring the section of the Charter that confirms its ultimate authority and expressly confers legislative veto power in respect to the fundamental, legal and equality rights and freedoms enumerated therein. Commonly referred to as the “notwithstanding clause”, section 33 applies only to specific rights and freedoms, while others are inalienable, and therefore cannot be overridden or set aside by an act of parliament or a provincial legislature.
The Bill of Rights, by contrast, is no more than a 55-year-old federal enactment that still applies to federal statutes today. However, while it has been described as having attained a “quasi-constitutional” status over the years, it is not a constitutional document like the Charter. That said, the entire Bill of Rights was pretty much directly copied in the Charter, notwithstanding clause and all. Canadian courts now had to consider constitutionality and became noticeably more political soon after the Repatriation of the Constitution of Canada and coming into force of the Charter. It’s not a coincidence that there was only one successful Bill of Rights case before 1985, but that number has been on the rise ever since in lockstep with the exponential increase in Charter decisions.
commented 2015-06-18 22:30:44 -0400
The Bill of Rights we had before The Charter, forbade certain things, The Charter allows a few things and forbids all else. The Charter allows a Judiciary to defy our elected Representatives in Parliament.
Don’t squeeze The Charmin.
commented 2015-06-18 06:16:59 -0400
The copy circulating Canada is not the “actual” document, per se, but a version dated in 1300, though its text is predominately the same as the original 1215 copies, only four of which remain. John Robson should still be commended for highlighting this opportunity, because it is worth it. I saw one of the four surviving, original, 1215 magna cartas on display at Lincoln Cathedral with my aunt, shortly before she passed away, and I’ll never forget it. Anyone who argues the magna carta is not relevant today should think about the origins of the rule of law, due process, trial by jury, habeas corpus and freedom from arbitrary arrest and imprisonment, parliamentary democracy and representative government, to name a few. For that matter, anyone who has bothered to read the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, or is remotely familiar with the British Royal Proclamation of 1763 (the so-called “Indian” magna carta) would know and appreciate their origins. To imply that the Charter and repatriation of the Canadian constitution somehow supplanted these basic principles is absurd.
commented 2015-06-17 08:18:30 -0400
Just in time to be reminded about the end of the age of Kings, just when we have a new Emperor Barry the questionable in the Whitehouse and an aspiring doper Dauphin in Kanadar
commented 2015-06-16 21:34:26 -0400
Prince Knight I happen to have thoughts similar to yours.
We here in Canada have no Private Property Rights, they were purposely omitted from The Charter. Just look at the intrusions on property by those wind turbines in Ontario. What The Taxman wanteth, The Taxman taketh away. Tax Freedom Day is some 50+%. Haven’t followed that figure closely lately, but I’m sure it’s going to grow. We and generations of our offspring have been enslaved to pay for the accumulating Debt of The Overlords. Their ravenous Bureaucracy ensures that we do.
We now drive SUVs and live in Condos with A/C. Are we supposed to be happier Serfs?
commented 2015-06-16 12:14:37 -0400
@ Prince Knight…please clarify your inference that the Magna Carta has no relevance in Canada today…
commented 2015-06-15 20:54:08 -0400
I would like Mr. Robson to know that I very much appreciate his segments on The Rebel. I donated to his crowd sourcing for a production explaining the Magna Carta because I think it to be important. I look forward to his production.
commented 2015-06-15 19:18:12 -0400
Just saying here and I really, REALLY! hope the Brit’s brought they’re own “armed security” to protect this priceless document…
And not rely on Canadian security, they’d only phuck it up and let it be destroyed…
THEN SAYOOPS… SO SORRY ABOUT THAT!!”

Who might do such a dastardly demonic deed???
WE ALL KNOW TO WHOM I AM REFERRING!
But don’t even think of referring to one of those “kind” & “piece”(full) types that follow the cult of… islam
(reality dictates truth)

islam is THE ONLY “cult of death, mayhem, pedophilia, bestiality, incest, rape, murder (genocide)”… all written into they’re book of hate, the koran.
(CANADA, WAKE UP! AND BAN THIS HATE LITERATURE FOR WHAT IT IS!)
They care NOT ONE WHIT for “historic, priceless, irreplaceable, and culturally important” artifacts… DON"T CARE!

What a perfect score for any wanna be terrorist…

I really hope “someone” has they’re eye’s open on this…
and not just those scheming muzlums!

islam is the curse of the Earth!

BTW… khadr’s mom is his dads sister…
commented 2015-06-15 19:06:36 -0400
The Magna Carta was the basis for English Common Law, by which our country was governed until Trudeau Sr repatriated our Constitution (and possibly rewrote it? just speculating, here…). Since then, the Magna Carta, other than being a historical document, has zero relevance to Canada today… unfortunately.