The CMLA attended before the Justice Committee of Parliament last week to comment on the revival of the Court Challenges Program and access to justice issues. The CMLA seeks to protect and advance the values of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (Charter), the rule of law and the dignity of all persons in Canada. As such, the CMLA strongly supports the restoration of the Court Challenges Program (CCP). In addition to restoration of the program, the CMLA recommended that the scope of the CCP be expanded beyond that of its previous iteration to include section 7 of the Charter, that the new program encompass provincial government action, legislation, policy and practice, and that the Board, review panels and staff of the new CCP reflect the rich diversity of Canada.
You can read the full submissions below.