Inquiry: Section 3 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

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Proposed legal initiatives relevant to David Emerson’s switch of parties

The second legal initiative proposed has been:

Were the rights of David Emerson’s constituents violated under Section 3 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms? Section 3 of the Charter reads in English and French as follows:
Democratic rights of citizens


   3. Every citizen of Canada has the right to vote in an election of members of the House of Commons or of a legislative assembly and to be qualified for membership therein.

Droits démocratiques des citoyens


   3. Tout citoyen canadien a le droit de vote et est éligible aux élections législatives fédérales ou provinciales.

The relevance of Section 3 to David Emerson’s switch has been raised by Vancouver lawyer Peter Dimitrov in a series of articles:

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