Religious Schooling Catholic schools have been publicly funded in Ontario since 1841 Denominational school rights were enshrined in the Constitution Act, 1867 Permits government support of religious (mostly Roman Catholic) schools
The Separate School System Manitoba abolished provincial Catholic schools in 1890 Newfoundland abolished government funding for religious schools in 1997 In the 2007 Ontario election, the Conservative Party proposed extending funding to all faith based schools, but was defeated by the Liberals
Constitution Act, 1982 Recognizes “the supremacy of God” in the preamble
Sunday Shopping In 1985 it was ruled that the Lord’s Day Act, prohibiting the sale of goods on Sunday, violated section 2(a) of the Charter, which guarantees freedom of conscience and religion
School Prayer In 1988, the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled that morning school prayer in public schools is unconstitutional
Parliament Since 1994, the Parliament of Canada has used a non-sectarian prayer that addresses “God”
Same-Sex Marriage Canada’s first same-sex marriage occurred in Toronto in 2001, when Joe Varnell and Kevin Bourassa were married in the Metropolitan Community Church Based on the Charter, in 2003 the Ontario Court of Appeal ruled same-sex marriage to be legal Despite criticism from religious leaders or the their individual beliefs, legislators were bound to uphold the Charter Bill C-38, the Civil Marriage Act, was subsequently passed in Parliament in 2005
How has the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms affected the relationship between politics and religion?