Harper v Canada (Attorney General)

  • October 13, 2020
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Harper v. Canada (Attorney General), 2004 SCC 33, [2004] 1 SCR 827; the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that Canada Election’s Act spending limits on third-party election advertising infringes section 2(b) of the Charter. This section deals with the fundamental freedoms in relation to thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication. The Court ruled that while section 2(b) of the Charter was infringed, it was saved  by section 1 of the Charter, and that the limits imposed under the Act were justified as it helped to protect fairness in elections.