Firearms Owners Association
Resolution for submission to the
Saskatchewan Party Policy
Policy Number JS05-17
An Amendment to The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code, Part I, Bill of Rights
WHEREAS, the primary duty of any government is to ensure that the rights and freedoms of its people are protected, and
WHEREAS, property and civil rights are provincial jurisdiction under section 92 (13) of the British North America Act, 1867, andl
WHEREAS, the previously enacted Saskatchewan Bill of Rights of 1947, now known as the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code, is inadequate in that it does not protect property,
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Government of Saskatchewan shall amend the current Saskatchewan Human Rights Code to enshrine the individual’s Right to own property.
Moved by Saskatoon-Meewasin Constituency Executive 14 October 2009.
Seconded by Saskatoon-Massey Place Constituency Executive 22 October 2209.
Existing Saskatchewan Party Policy
JS05-17 Enshrining Right to Property in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Be it resolved that a Saskatchewan Party government will support an amendment to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms that would enshrine the individual’s right to own property in the Constitution of Canada.
The Saskatchewan Human Rights Code
The British North America Act, 1867 (The Constitution Act, 1982) s. 92 (13) states:
This means that the Provincial Governments are charged with protecting these Rights.
Yet Québec is the only province that has a Charter of Rights and Freedoms that is not a simple anti-discriminatory statute, but a genuine fundamental law largely inspired by international documents.
When Tommy Douglas and the CCF passed the Saskatchewan Bill of Rights in 1947 they omitted the protection of property.
In 1979 when Allan Blakeney’s NDP government incorporated the Saskatchewan Bill of Rights into the Saskatchewan Human Rights Code they again omitted property Rights.
When Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and the Liberals passed The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms in 1982, Saskatchewan’s NDP Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs Roy Romanow was instrumental in ensuring that the protection of private property was excluded from the new Charter.
The Québec Charter is a fundamental law that takes precedence over other laws, and according to the Supreme Court, possesses a quasi-constitutional status.
The Quebec Charter of Rights and Freedoms