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Christopher Manfredi

Professor of political science at McGill University, constitutional scholar, critic of judicial activism in Canadian courts and expert on Charter of Rights and justice issues, author of Judicial Power and the Charter: Canada and the Paradox of Liberal Constitutionalism (1992), McClelland and Stewart, and "The Judicialization of Politics: Rights and Public Policy in Canada and the United States", published in Degrees of Freedom: Canada and the United States in a Changing Global Context (1997), McGill-Queen's University Press


To infringe on individual rights in the name of a social good you have to be able to show compelling evidence that there will be benefits. Gun control does not meet that standard. ... If the government can successfully trample on personal rights behind the smoke screens of gun control and, presumably, crime control, this enhances the power of the government to do the same thing in other areas. Anyone concerned with personal liberty should be bothered by [Canadian Bill C-68, the gun registration law].