The Separation of Church and State in Canada

The Separation of Church and State in Canada

DO YOU BELIEVE THAT RELIGIOUS BELIEFS SHOULD NOT BE USED AS A SOURCE OF MAKING LAWS? WHY OR WHY NOT? The Separation of Church and

State in Canada Religious Schooling Catholic schools have been publicly funded in Ontario since 1841 Denominational school

rights were enshrined in the Constitution Act, 1867 Permits government support of religious (mostly Roman Catholic) schools The Separate School System

Manitoba abolished provincial Catholic schools in 1890 Newfoundland abolished government funding for religious schools in 1997 In the 2007 Ontario election, the Conservative Party proposed extending funding to all faith based schools, but was defeated by the Liberals

Constitution Act, 1982 Recognizes the supremacy of God in the preamble Sunday Shopping In 1985 it was ruled that the Lords Day Act,

prohibiting the sale of goods on Sunday, violated section 2(a) of the Charter, which guarantees freedom of conscience and religion School Prayer

In 1988, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that morning school prayer in public schools is unconstitutional Parliament Since 1994, the Parliament of Canada has used

a non-sectarian prayer that addresses God Same-Sex Marriage Canadas first same-sex marriage occurred in Toronto in 2001, when Joe Varnell and Kevin Bourassa were married in the Metropolitan Community

Church Based on the Charter, in 2003 the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled same-sex marriage to be legal Despite criticism from religious leaders or the their individual beliefs, legislators were bound to uphold the Charter Bill C-38, the Civil Marriage Act, was subsequently passed in Parliament in 2005

How has the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms affected the relationship between politics and religion?

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