International Human Rights Day – Monday, December 10

Tomorrow is a day to take a sober thought about Canada and how our human rights are enshrined in law, which is not the case in many countries around the world.  Let’s celebrate that we live in a country where our standard is “Affirming also that men and institutions remain free only when freedom is founded upon respect for moral and spiritual values and the rule of law.”  Oh yes …  shout out loud that we are CANADIAN!

Here is the preamble from our Canadian Bill of Rights, passed in 1960 by the federal government.  With this, we are the envy of many other countries.  Oh Canada … we are proud and free.

Canadian Bill of Rights

S.C. 1960, c. 44

Assented to 1960-08-10

An Act for the Recognition and Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms

Preamble

The Parliament of Canada, affirming that the Canadian Nation is founded upon principles that acknowledge the supremacy of God, the dignity and worth of the human person and the position of the family in a society of free men and free institutions;

Affirming also that men and institutions remain free only when freedom is founded upon respect for moral and spiritual values and the rule of law;

And being desirous of enshrining these principles and the human rights and fundamental freedoms derived from them, in a Bill of Rights which shall reflect the respect of Parliament for its constitutional authority and which shall ensure the protection of these rights and freedoms in Canada:

 

Therefore Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

 

 It is hereby recognized and declared that in Canada there have existed and shall continue to exist without discrimination by reason of race, national origin, colour, religion or sex, the following human rights and fundamental freedoms, namely,

  • (a) the right of the individual to life, liberty, security of the person and enjoyment of property, and the right not to be deprived thereof except by due process of law;

  • (b) the right of the individual to equality before the law and the protection of the law;

  • (c) freedom of religion;

  • (d) freedom of speech;

  • (e) freedom of assembly and association; and

  • (f) freedom of the press.

 

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