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Ajzenstat, Janet  
Preventing our democratically elected representatives from defining the public good in the area of social and economic policy can never be acceptable. If we introduce the Social Charter we lose the right that is the essence of democracy in a country like Canada, to live under laws freely determined by our elected representatives.

Jan. 15, 1998 - from "We Don't Need Another Charter", essay for The Canadian Conservative Forum
Under a justiciable Social Charter the final determination about services and spending will lie with the courts. Judges, not the legislatures, will determine who gets what, when and how much.

Jan. 15, 1998 - from "We Don't Need Another Charter", essay for The Canadian Conservative Forum
A liberal democracy can only thrive where there is open debate on political alternatives. It is essential that the electorate should be able to choose freely between parties supporting the welfare state and parties recommending retrenchment and the transfer of responsibilities to the private sphere. It is intolerable to suggest that the people's elected representatives should be bound in the straitjacket of a constitution that sets out one particular ideological program.

Jan. 15, 1998 - from "We Don't Need Another Charter", essay for The Canadian Conservative Forum
Clinton, William Jefferson
 [Thomas Jefferson’s view of equality meant that] you had to be white, you had to be male, and ... you had to own property. ... [Our history is the story of] new and higher definitions - and more meaningful definitions - of equality and dignity and freedom.

1997 - from a speech advocating "a living Constitution", non-traditional interpretation of the American Constitution to accommodate "our changing times"
Fisher, Douglas  
People tend to cherish the Charter of Rights without appreciating the impact it has had on the Parliamentary system. It has increased the power of the Prime Minister's office ... that's the most deleterious consequence.

Oct. 5, 2000 - from a public chat session on www.canoe.ca
[Former prime minister Pierre Trudeau] I think he was the most unsuccessful PM ... in modern times. He Americanized us more than any other because of the Charter and the removal of the Parliament as the ultimate place ... giving the ultimate power to the Supreme Court.

Oct. 5, 2000 - from a public chat session on www.canoe.ca
Frum, David  
[The Canadian constitutional Charter of Rights and Freedoms is] the opposite of a liberty-enhancing document.

Oct. 12, 2000 - from a column in the National Post