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Proposed legal initiatives relevant to David Emerson’s switch of parties
The second legal initiative proposed has been:
Were the rights of David Emerson’s constituents violated under Section 3 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms? Section 3 of the Charter reads in English and French as follows:
|Democratic rights of citizens
3. Every citizen of Canada has the right to vote in an election of members of the House of Commons or of a legislative assembly and to be qualified for membership therein.
|Droits démocratiques des citoyens
3. Tout citoyen canadien a le droit de vote et est éligible aux élections législatives fédérales ou provinciales.
The relevance of Section 3 to David Emerson’s switch has been raised by Vancouver lawyer Peter Dimitrov in a series of articles: