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Please explain Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

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Section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects what are generally called Civil Liberties.  It protects such things as freedom of expression and freedom of conscience.

Among the things that are specifically protected by this section are:

  • Freedom of religion.
  • Freedom of thought and expression.
  • Freedom of the press
  • Freedom to assemble
  • Freedom of association.  This means that people can form whatever sorts of groups they want to.

Taken together, these freedoms mean that Canadians have the right to think and to believe whatever they like.  They also have the right to make other people aware of their views.  These are some of the freedoms that are most important to a democratic society.

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