So I am becoming more and more politically active these days, along the lines of I am tired of complaining about stupid shit so its time to get active and do something about it.
Anyhow I thought that I should look up the Canadian Constitution and Canada's Charter of rights and freedoms
. Just so I could really know as a Canadian where my rights and freedoms fall.
They read as follows...
2. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
(a) freedom of conscience and religion;
(b) freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
(c) freedom of peaceful assembly; and
(d) freedom of association.
Pretty basic stuff however I was intrigued by the "freedom of conscience" line, having never heard that before.
To be honest I am not sure what "Freedom of conscience"
really is so over to Wikipedia I go and... it brings me this.
"Freedom of thought (also called freedom of conscience and freedom of ideas) is the freedom of an individual to hold or consider a fact, viewpoint, or thought, independent of others' viewpoints. It is closely related to, yet distinct from, the concept of freedom of expression."
Then while jumping to the Wikipedia entry on Canadian Charter of rights and freedoms
Freedom of conscience
In addition to freedom of religion, section 2(a) also guarantees freedom of conscience. Professor Peter Hogg speculated this would include a right to atheism, despite the preamble to the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which recognizes the "supremacy of God."
Interesting stuff especially about how it was almost left out of the Charter.
Jean Chrétien, who was the attorney general during negotiations of the Charter, later recalled in his memoirs that freedom of conscience was nearly excluded from the Charter. The federal and provincial negotiators found the right too difficult to define, and Chrétien eventually agreed to remove it. A legal advisor for the federal government, Pierre Genest, then kicked Chrétien's chair, prompting Chrétien to joke, "I guess we leave it in. Trudeau's spy just kicked me in the ass."