(LifeSiteNews) — On today’s episode of The John-Henry Westen Show, I speak with Brian Peckford, former premier of Newfoundland and last living co-author of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
We discuss the current erosion of the Charter and of Canadian democracy in general, a process only accelerated by Justin Trudeau’s decision to pick a fight with the Freedom Convoy truckers and their supporters.
“My central message to people right now is that as we speak, our democracy is in decline, is in grave danger of that becoming a permanent condition,” Peckford said. “And that is because all 14 governments of Canada, the 10 provinces, the three territories, and the federal government have all enacted measures which violate the provisions of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, especially provision number two, which is freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of conscience, freedom of expression, freedom of press, freedom of assembly, freedom of association.”
Peckford made the salient point that the United States has an entirely different experience with civil liberties than Canada. The U.S. has had the Bill of Rights enshrined in its Constitution since 1791, while the Charter has only been part of the Constitution of Canada since 1982 — almost a 200-year difference.
He also underscored the importance of correcting the government’s abuses of power now, lest tyrannical action develop legal “precedent.”
“The Charter was broken, and … the biggest job we’ve got after the mandates are over is to see that the Charter is restored,” Peckford said. “And I’m doing that through a lawsuit against the federal government under mobility rights, and other Canadians are doing it as well. So we’ve got to restore the Charter. Otherwise, when these mandates are off, we have lost a big chunk of our democracy.”
Toward the end, we also discuss how pro-abortion legislation denies individual rights in the womb and therefore seems to contradict the spirit of the Charter. Listen to today’s episode below:
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