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January 11, 2006

Paul Martin dropped the most surprising news of the
second of 2  leaders' debate in the 2006 election
campaign, revealing an unexpected plan to amend the
Charter of Rights and Freedoms to bar federal use of
the notwithstanding clause.

In the name of defending the Charter, Martin proposed
the Amendment to End Federal Ability to Invoke
Notwithstanding Clause.

The details were quickly posted on the Liberal website,
which billed it as "the boldest defence of rights and
freedoms in Canada since the creation of the Charter of
Rights and Freedoms in 1982."

As it now stands, the clause gives the government the
power to overrule court rulings on Charter issues. It has
never been used federally.

Martin revealed his plan during the debate, and
challenged Harper to also commit to banning federal
use of the clause. Harper ignored the goading.
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