Presentation to Institute for Liberal Studies Seminar
Toronto, Ontario, March 8, 2014
The title of my talk – Expropriation: Inescapably Necessary, or a Convenient Tool? – refers to a 1968 report from Ontario’s Royal Commission Inquiry into Civil Rights. The Ontario government had established the Commission four years earlier. It had appointed James McRuer (formerly the Chief Justice of Ontario’s High Court) as Commissioner. McRuer’s mandate was to examine provincial laws and regulations affecting the personal freedoms, rights, and liberties of Ontarians. He would determine whether there were “unjustified encroachments” on those fundamental rights. And he would recommend legal changes to safeguard them.
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