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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

R v Big M Drug Mart Ltd Case (Can)

Canada [ca]

Lawrence David

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved.date: 19 April 2021

Subject(s):
Freedom of religion — Separation of church and state — Constitutional courts/supreme courts — Comparative constitutional law — Foreign law — Foreign Affairs — Foreign affairs — Freedom of belief

General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.
Managing Editor: Ana Harvey

1 The case of R v Big M Drug Mart Ltd (1985) (Can) (‘Big M’) is one of the most significant contributions of the Supreme Court of Canada (Cour suprême du Canada) ('SCC') to Canadian, comparative, and foreign domestic constitutional law. Most significantly, Big M articulated the constitutional meaning and purpose of freedom of conscience and religion or belief under section 2(a) Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: 18 April 1982 (Part II Constitution Act, 1982) (Can) (‘Charter’). Big M further held that religious freedom under section 2(a) also entails a duty...
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