How have courts interpreted the Charter and the role of the courts?

Alberta, Canada

The following excerpt is from Johnson v. Sand, 2001 ABQB 253 (CanLII):

Justice Iacobucci in Vriend v. Alberta, 1998 CanLII 816 (SCC), [1998] 1 S.C.R. 493 at 564 put it this way: ... it should be emphasized again that our Charter’s introduction and the consequential remedial role of the courts were choices of the Canadian people through their elected representatives as part of a redefinition of our democracy. Our constitutional design was refashioned to state that henceforth the legislatures and executive must perform their roles in conformity with the newly conferred constitutional rights and freedoms. (Emphasis mine).

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