Rights and Responsibilities

Topics: Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Democracy, Law Pages: 3 (765 words) Published: May 20, 2013
Part A: Informed Citizenship
1. Personal Values
5 Key Rights and Responsibilities, I believe are important of Canadian citizenship are: (1 being the most important of the five)

1. Legal Rights- The right to have fair treatment (not to be given cruel or unreasonable punishment) until proven guilty. 2. The Right to Equality.
3. The Right to Express Religion: freedom to conscience and religion. 4. Freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression
5. Democratic Rights- The right to vote.

I decided that the legal right: the right to have fair treatment (not to be given cruel or unreasonable punishment) until proven guilty should be considered most important of the five because no one should be imprisoned or convicted with a crime/punishment they don’t deserve. I believe everyone should be seen innocent until proven guilty with sustainable evidence of the crime that has been convicted. Also to be presumed innocent until proven guilty according to law in a fair and public hearing by an independent and unbiased trial. No one should serve the time they don’t deserve. A person must be given an appropriate punishment that suits the crime that has been committed. A responsibility to this right is to obey the law. One most follow all of Canada’s regulated laws with no arbitrary actions. No person or group is considered above the law. I think the right to equality is important to Canadian citizenship. Every person deserves equal respect in society. One most not be discriminated based on colour of skin, gender, religion or physical disability. All people should be treated fairly without discrimination. In Section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms it states that “Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex,...
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