17 December 2003

Judicial overreach revisited yet again

The following report may or may not have been carried by the Canadian press:

Ottawa - Today the Supreme Court of Canada ruled 5 to 4 that the monarchy is unconstitutional insofar as it conflicts with the equality rights in section 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Because the position of head of state is hereditary, passing from the current occupant of the throne to the eldest son, the high court ruled that monarchy violates constitutional guarantees against age and gender discrimination. The Court has given the federal government six months to change the country's form of government; otherwise it will consider Canada to have become a republic by default.

Far-fetched? Perhaps. But not by much.

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