Constitutional Law

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In recent years, change in the Canadian legal landscape has been fuelled by two dominant factors: first, the growing influence of constitutional concerns, including federal/provincial division of powers issues and a variety of matters arising from the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and second, the burgeoning number and power of Charter-oriented administrative tribunals that play an increasingly influential role in our complicated, interest-based society.

In response to these trends, we have brought together a group of lawyers with extensive experience in constitutional law. In addition to publishing and speaking widely in this area, our constitutional lawyers have garnered years of experience both prosecuting and defending all manner of constitutional claims on behalf of corporations, government agencies, and individuals before all levels of courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada.

Our services include the provision of interpretive advice, opinions and legal representation in connection with issues such as aboriginal law and litigation, Charter rights and federal and provincial jurisdictional disputes. The results we have achieved have often been precedent-setting or far-reaching in scope.

Select Experience

  • Catholic Civil Rights League and others as interveners in an appeal involving the Quebec Minister of Education's denial of an exemption to Loyola High School from the provincial Program on Ethics and Religious Culture.
  • Mariann Taylor-Baptiste, in connection with an application for judicial review arising from a decision of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario involving a conflict of rights between union speech and freedom from discrimination.
  • Canadian Constitution Foundation, in an appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada in Moore v. British Columbia, 2012 SCC 61, involving the duty to accommodate disabilities in the B.C. public school system.

Recent Recognitions

  • 2012, Legal Media Groups Benchmark Canada

    Bennett Jones, recognized as a litigation star in Alberta

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