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Democrats v USSC: The Constitutionality of Court-packing

By: Jasmit De Saffel The Asper Centre’s first Constitutional Roundtable of the year transported the room two years ahead into a hypothetical future where the Democrats have won the U.S. 2020 election. In a world where the Democrats control Congress and the White House, how would they navigate a Supreme Court standing in ideological opposition … Read More

Frank v Canada: Contrasting the Section 1 Analyses

By: Sahil Kesar and Jasmit De Saffel On January 11, 2019 the Supreme Court issued its decision on the constitutional challenge to provisions of the Canada Elections Act detailing residence requirements for voting in federal elections. The provisions in question denied the right to vote in federal elections to Canadian citizens residing abroad for five consecutive … Read More

Reflecting on the Sex-Ed Charter Challenge

By: Leslie Anne St. Amour Now that the Constitutional challenge to the Ford government’s repeal of the 2015 sex-ed curriculum has been heard by the court, I am reflecting on why I wanted to work on this project as an Asper Centre Clinic student last term. The repeal of the 2015 sex-ed curriculum was terrifying … Read More

Supreme Court Moves Voting Rights into Globalization Era in Frank Decision

by Jasmit de Saffel In its first decision of the year, the Supreme Court of Canada sided with Canadian ex-pats in a case about their voting rights. Chief Justice Wagner held that “citizenship, not residence, defines our political community and underpins the right to vote” (para 35). Frank v Canada had been initiated by two … Read More

Dunsmuir Revisited: Questioning the Standard of Review

by Catherine Ma Earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Canada heard the appeals in Minister of Citizenship and Immigration v Alexander Vavilov, Bell Canada et al v Attorney General of Canada, and National Football League et al v Attorney General of Canada. The Supreme Court explicitly declared that these cases offered “an opportunity to consider … Read More