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CLF Interventions and Involvement Before the Courts
CLF seeks to advance the public good by articulating to our courts legal and moral principles that are consistent with, and illuminated by, our Christian faith. Over nearly two decades, CLF has intervened in 19 separate proceedings, seeking to advance justice, protect the vulnerable, and advocate for freedom of religion, conscience, and expression.
The CLF has:
- a well-established history of active involvement in matters of public policy and law, especially matters involving issues surrounding the Charter.
- appeared before Parliamentary committees and made representations to provincial governments on issues of conscience, religious freedom, inviolability of life, human rights and issues generally affecting the family.
- Special Consultative Status as an NGO with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, and has been involved in numerous international matters and court submissions.
- also been an intervener before the courts in matters involving freedom of religion and conscience, including the interface of s. 2(a)-(b) of the Charter and s. 15 of the Charter, and related provisions in Human Rights Codes, as well as issues affecting the inviolability of life and the family.
The CLF provides the Court with unique information, insight and perspective that is considered useful to the Court’s consideration. In a preliminary decision about the Christian Legal Fellowship’s application for intervenor status in Ginette Leblanc v. Attorney General of Canada et al (Quebec Superior Court), Justice Gratien Duchesne of the Québec Superior Court had the following to say:
“...The question of assisted suicide is of interest to the entire population, and the intervenant CLF represents more than 500 jurists of the Christian faith, and therefore, an important section of the population, since numerically, Christianity is the most significant religion in Canada.” (p 39)
“The CLF includes more than 500 jurists and possess an important degree of expertise in the areas of philosophy, morality, and ethics, which areas could be useful for the defense considering the Plaintiff’s request that article 241 b) of the Criminal Code be declared unconstitutional.” (p 45(3))
“The reception of the CLF as intervenant appears to better serve the interests of justice than would its refusal...” (p 45(5))
CLF also makes submissions for consultation. For more information and recent submissions, click here.