Musings —04.11.2012 05:50 AM—
Both despise the Charter, for different reasons. Harper loathes equality; Mulcair hates the idea that provinces are equal, and the Charter’s genesis.
Liberals need to be all over this. If there is one document Canadians cherish, it’s this one. Heed the instincts of the old guy, always.
“Former Liberal prime minister Jean Chretien is expressing surprise that next week’s 30th anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the 1982 patriation of the Canadian Constitution seems to have largely escaped the official attention of an otherwise history-conscious Conservative government.
Chretien, who was Pierre Trudeau’s justice minister at the time and a pivotal player in the political drama that led to Queen Elizabeth’s historic Parliament Hill signing of the documents on April 17, 1982, told Postmedia News on Tuesday that — as in 2007, when the 25th anniversary of the charter was widely celebrated outside the federal government — he has not been approached to participate in any official anniversary-related activities.
“I don’t know why they don’t,” Chretien said during an exclusive interview in his Ottawa law office ahead of next Tuesday’s anniversary. “You know, it’s a very important moment in Canadian history — whether you agree or disagree,” added the 78-year-old Chretien, who is scheduled later this week to unveil a new historical display in his hometown of Shawinigan, Que., showcasing hundreds of gifts he received from foreign countries during his decade as prime minister from 1993 to 2003.”