Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Enforcing Rights and Freedoms

I'm going to try to keep this short:

My father, brother and I had a bit of a discussion today, where it was decided that constitutional freedoms can only be used to challenge laws of the land or country and are not enforceable in the every day life of Canadian citizens - they are only enforceable against the government, apparently.

 

So --- it's interesting that when your right to security or your right to property is infringed upon that you can call the police and have the perp arrested, but when your right to liberty or your freedom to do whatever is infringed upon, what the heck are you supposed to do?

 

It's easy to understand that your constitutional right to security and in alberta right to property can be enforced by the police ---- but my family doesn't seem to know of any indication or idea that the right to liberty or freedom of whatever would also be something you can enforce by calling the police.

 

So - if someone beats you up, then you can call the police on them because they infringed on your right to security.

If someone starts bossing you around and controlling your life, there is no guarantee or even any idea that calling the police is appropriate. In fact: if someone starts controlling you, and you fight back, the person controlling you can then call the police on you because you are infringing on their security by fighting back.

 

Weird eh?

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