Constitutional law involves cases in two areas: civil liberties (the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms) and division of powers (whether the provincial or federal government is responsible). Sometimes governments pass laws or act in a manner that may, in fact, be contrary to the Canadian constitution. Examples of potentially unconstitutional laws or actions include regulations that unreasonably restrict freedom of expression, religion, equality, or the right to life, liberty and security of the person. Constitutional cases are typically complex and may involve litigation all the way up to the Supreme Court of Canada.
We have expertise in:
- Bringing an application challenging the constitutionality of a law or government action before a court or tribunal.
- Providing opinions on the constitutionality of government laws, regulations, policies and conduct.
- Representing intervener groups and formulating strategies to work with allied groups and individuals.