Transcript: The Charter of Rights and Freedoms | Feb 08, 2016

An animation shows the Canadian flag with the caption "You have rights" below it.

The narrator says LIVING IN CANADA MEANS
YOU HAVE CERTAIN RIGHTS.
YOU KNOW YOU HAVE
THESE RIGHTS,
BECAUSE THEY ARE
GUARANTEED TO YOU
IN TWO DOCUMENTS:
THE CONSTITUTION OF CANADA AND THE
CHARTER OF RIGHTS AND FREEDOMS.
SO, WHAT ARE
THEY EXACTLY?
THE CONSTITUTION IS
A LEGAL DOCUMENT
THAT OUTLINES HOW CANADA'S
GOVERNMENT OPERATES
AND WHAT LAWS
ARE RECOGNIZED.
THE CHARTER IS EMBEDDED
IN THE CONSTITUTION
AND DESCRIBES THE
BASIC CIVIL RIGHTS
OF ALL PEOPLE
LIVING IN CANADA.
EVERY GOVERNMENT DECISION
AND LAW IN CANADA
MUST RESPECT OUR
CHARTER RIGHTS.
THE CHARTER, ALONG WITH
THE CONSTITUTION ACT,
WERE SIGNED INTO LAW IN 1982
BY QUEEN ELIZABETH THE SECOND
ACTING AS THE
MONARCH OF CANADA.
IT WAS DRAFTED
AFTER A DECADE
OF SPECIAL PARLIAMENTARY
COMMITTEES,
HEATED TELEVISED
PUBLIC DEBATE,
AND COURT HEARINGS.
SO WHAT DOES THE CHARTER GUARANTEE?
FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS
ANYONE LIVING IN CANADA
IS FREE TO BELIEVE
WHAT THEY CHOOSE,
INCLUDING RELIGION,
POLITICS, OR
PERSONAL BELIEFS.

Several symbols appear on screen: the star of David, the Roman cross, the NPD logo, etcetera.

The narrator continues WE'RE ALSO FREE TO
EXPRESS THEM PUBLICLY.
DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS:
CITIZENS HAVE THE RIGHT TO
VOTE AND RUN FOR OFFICE.
MOBILITY RIGHTS:
ANYONE LIVING IN CANADA
CAN TRAVEL AND WORK
ANYWHERE IN THE COUNTRY.
LEGAL RIGHTS:
ALL PEOPLE ARE INNOCENT
UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY.
AND HAVE A RIGHT
TO A FAIR TRIAL.

An animation shows a gavel banging the block.

The narrator says
LANGUAGE RIGHTS:

An animation shows the phrase "I choose to speak in English" in both English and French.

The narrator says ALL PEOPLE HAVE THE
RIGHT TO SPEAK
THE LANGUAGE OF
THEIR CHOICE.
FRENCH SPEAKING
PEOPLE HAVE THE RIGHT
TO BE EDUCATED AT FRENCH
LANGUAGE SCHOOLS.
BUT THE CHARTER GOES
FURTHER THAN THAT.
WITHIN THE CHARTER IS A
CLAUSE THAT GUARANTEES
OUR EQUALITY
REGARDLESS OF RACE,
NATIONAL OR
ETHNIC ORIGIN,
COLOUR, RELIGION,
SEX, AGE,
OR MENTAL OR
PHYSICAL DISABILITY.
NOT ONLY DOES THE CHARTER
GUARANTEE CANADIANS
THESE RIGHTS, BUT IT
SAYS THE GOVERNMENT
MUST ACTIVELY
PROTECT THEM.
CANADIANS HAVE A
RIGHT TO BE PROTECTED
FROM CERTAIN ACTIONS THAT
INFRINGE ON THEIR RIGHTS,
SUCH AS HATE SPEECH
AND VIOLENCE.
THIS MEANS YOU ARE
FREE TO EXPRESS
AND ACT ON
YOUR BELIEFS,
PROVIDED THEY
DON'T INTERFERE
WITH THE RIGHTS
OF OTHER PEOPLE.
AND IF A PERSON FEELS
THEIR CHARTER RIGHTS
HAVE BEEN VIOLATED, THEY
CAN BRING THEIR CASE
BEFORE THE COURTS.
THE GOAL OF THE CANADIAN
CHARTER OF RIGHTS
AND FREEDOMS IS TO
CREATE A JUST SOCIETY
BASED ON EQUALITY,
FREEDOM AND DEMOCRACY.
NOT ALWAYS AN EASY
TASK IN A COUNTRY
AS DIVERSE AS CANADA.

Watch: The Charter of Rights and Freedoms