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Canada, Law & Religion


Canada, Law & Religion

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“The Definitive Treaty of Peace and Friendship between His Britannick Majesty, the Most Christian King, and the King of Spain: concluded at Paris, the 10th day of February, 1763; to which the King of Portugal acceded on the same day”
This is a photograph of the Treaty of Paris, 1763. Through the signatures of England, France and Spain, the French rule of the Québec colony was transferred to the British. Section 4 of the Treaty gives the French in Quebec the right to practice…

Replica of British North American Act, 1867
Above, is an exact replica of the BNA Act, sent to Canada by the British government, in honour of Canada’s 150th Birthday. The BNA Act was a symbolic piece of Canadian History, especially one of religious significance, as it protected freedom of…

This video reports on Premier LeSage's electoral victory in Quebec in 1960. Prior to this point, the province had been under the government of Premier Maurice Duplessis, and the Catholic church was deeply rooted in both the cultural and political…

This film is a documentary about Bill 60, Quebec's Charter of Values, which was proposed in September 2013. This Bill would have banned public employees from wearing “ostentatious religious symbols” to work and prohibited such employees from…

John George Lambton, First Earl of Durham
This is a photograph of ohn George Lambton, First Earl of Durham. Lord Durham was the Governor General of British North America from 1837 to 1838. He was sent to British North America to investigate the causes of the 1837 rebellions in Upper and…

This hyperlink leads to a Pew Research Center demographic study on the role of religion in Canadian life. Notwithstanding the historic place of the Protestant and Catholic churches in Canada, this 2013 reports that "more Canadians belong to minority…

Canada's Religious Composition, 1971-2011
This figure illustrates demographic changes in religious affiliation in Canada between 1971 and 2011. The figure is part of Pew Research Center's report, "Canada's Changing Religious Landscape". This report was prepared with data made available from…

Photograph: A woman argues with Joanne Siska during a protest against Sharia law in Toronto
This photograph captures a woman arguing with Joanne Siska during a protest against Sharia law in Toronto. At the time, the Ontario government was considering allowing Shariah law to be used as a form of faith-based arbitration in the province.…

Image of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
An image of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley
This is a photograph of one of the Fathers of Confederation, Sir Samuel Leonard Tilley. Sir Tilley hailed from New Brunswick.

This news story from 2010 discusses the role of the reference to "the Supremacy of God" in the preamble of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Different perspectives on the significance of the preamble are given.

St James Cathedral, Toronto
A photograph of St James Cathedral in Toronto, ON

Reflection of St. James Cathedral, Toronto
Photograph of St. James Cathedral, West Side, reflected in building
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