Politics may increasingly override the rights of Canadians, warns law professor

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Section 33, a clause in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, allows politicians to pass laws that violate the Charter. It is also known as the notwithstanding clause, and in more than three decades, it has been rarely invoked. Benjamin Berger, who teaches constitutional law at Osgoode Hall Law School, fears it may be used much more frequently, eventually even becoming the norm.

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