Rights and Freedoms
The Canadian Bill of Rights was created in 1960 then the Charter of rights and freedoms in 1982, these were established to protect our rights and freedoms. The most basic rights and freedoms are the right to life, liberty, security, enjoyment of property, equality, non-discrimination, and the freedom of speech. A couple of other rights and freedoms are:
- "Everyone in Canada is free to practise any religion or no religion at all."
- "Every Canadian citizen has the right to vote in elections for Members of Parliament and representatives in provincial and territorial legislatures, and to seek election themselves, subject to certain limited exceptions (for example, minimum voting age), which have been found to be reasonable and justifiable."
- "Canadian citizens have the right to enter, remain in, or leave the country."
- "The right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty is a basic constitutional guarantee."
- "Everyone has the right to use English or French in any debates and other proceedings of Parliament." ("Rights and freedoms in Canada").
Most people take their rights and freedoms for granted but they're in my opinion the most important set of laws you'll need in your life. These laws give you the freedom to live your life the way you'd like to, allow you to think what you want, and be what you want. Without these laws, you'd be restrained to do what everyone else tells you to, imagine living in a country where you wouldn't be able to leave by no means, be controlled by a dictator, cannot practise religion, not be able to have an opinion.
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms established in 1982
Free Health Care
1947 was when it all started, the government of Saskatchewan decided to introduce publicly funded health care to their province. In 1950 British Columbia and Alberta decided to also join the idea. Soon enough, all provinces and territories joined in and the government of Canada passed the Canada Health Act in 1984. Since then improvements and minor changes have been made to the system (Canada's Health Care System). If you're not understanding how this all works, basically all Canadian citizens are eligible to apply for a health insurance and this is when you are able to benefit from the system the most. Although we call it "free health care", the money comes from the taxes we're paying and not all expenses are taken care of, some expenses are being paid from your own pocket. Some extended health insurances are:
- Prescription medication
- Dental care
- Ambulance services
- Prescription eyeglasses (After you arrive: Health care in Canada).
In my opinion, this system is very important because it's helpful to low-income families. They may not be the majority but they're still important, without the free health care they wouldn't be able to afford medical help and may even pass away. This also helps them financially, they put their money towards other important things like supporting their children, shelter, clothes, and food. This is also helpful because it keeps me feeling safe. Knowing that no matter what happens, I will always have someone to care for me when I'm sick, ill, or injured makes me feel very grateful.