Equality: Some Unresolved Issues (1985)

Women's Education des femmes, Mar. 1985 - Vol. 3, No. 3

In 1985, Section 15 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms became law. In the three years previous to it becoming law, governments were allowed to make legislation conform to the Equality Rights section of the Charter. For the most part, governments cleaned up sexist language in legislation, and modified statutes to make them applicable to both sexes, where previously they may have been relevant to only one.

The Department of Justice Canada issued a discussion paper entitled, Equality Issues in Federal Law. This paper outlined the major issues, which the federal government identified as requiring resolution, under various categories: age, sex, race, citizenship, marital or family status, and sexual orientation.

This article, Equality: Some Unresolved Issues, provides a brief discussion of Section 15, followed by a summary of the issues raised in the discussion paper, and a brief analysis of different concepts of equality and their usefulness for women in interpreting Section 15.

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