Evan at 11: Parliamentary vs. Constitutional Supremacy
Evan Bunkis and Nicole Wambolt

Summary: Discussion is the root of solving problems and recognizing issues when they arise. In this week Evan at Eleven, Evan Bunkis and Nicole Wambolt discuss how the judicial and legislative branches of Canada create a so called “dialogue” to address critical issues and evolve the meaning of the constitution within Canada. We do this through examining academic texts surrounding the topic of legislative and judicial dialogue theory, looking into a contemporary case involving dialogue, and lastly diving into the awareness of charter rights today. These concepts are sure to invoke a great discussion and we hope you enjoy our podcast episode.



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