Statement by the Prime Minister on the 40th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

OTTAWA (ON), April 17, 2022 /CNW/ – The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeauissued the following statement today on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms:

“Forty years ago today, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms was adopted with the signing of the Proclamation of the Constitution Act 1982 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and my father, Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau.

“The Charter protects the rights and freedoms that define who we are as Canadians, allowing us to express our individuality and celebrate our differences. Built around our shared values ​​of equality, justice and freedom, it brings us together as a country and as people – and it does Canada a great place for people from all over the world to raise a family.

“The spirit of the Charter should inspire us all as we build a more equal and just country for all. As we recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we know there is still much work to be done to help many Canadians overcome the barriers they face. to social and economic participation, including by confronting the painful truths of our history and taking meaningful action to combat all forms of hatred and discrimination.

“This year also marks the 40th anniversary of Article 35 of the Constitution Act 1982, which recognizes and affirms the Aboriginal and treaty rights of First Nations, Inuit and Métis. As we build a better future, we will continue to work with Indigenous peoples to advance meaningful reconciliation towards a renewed nation-to-nation, Inuit-Crown, and government-to-government relationship.

“On behalf of the government of CanadaI invite all Canadians to continue to uphold our collective responsibility for the words enshrined in the Charter that protect our fundamental rights and freedoms, as we work to build a better future for all. »

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