Plan to celebrate Charter’s 30th birthday nixed by Tories and James Moore

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OTTAWA — Bureaucrats planned an elaborate party to celebrate the birthday of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms but the Conservative government refused to RSVP, newly released documents suggest.

Instead, the idea of a ceremony to commemorate the charter’s 30th anniversary in April was overruled by Heritage Minister James Moore in favour of a terse press release.

The plan, obtained by The Canadian Press under Access to Information, was drafted in February, less than two months before the milestone.


The Proclamation of the Constitution Act was signed on a rainy Saturday in 1982, giving Canada full control over its foundational laws and bringing the charter into force.

The next thirty years saw significant changes to Canada’s social and legal landscape, bringing with it everything from same-sex marriage to Sunday shopping.

The celebration envisaged by bureaucrats was billed as an opportunity to “underline the importance of the Constitution Act on…

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