October 10, 2023 - 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Saskatchewan Legislative Building (Regina)
Saskatchewan Federation of Labour
Join us at the rally to speak out against the Government of Saskatchewan's rash and irresponsible decision to override the Charter of Rights and Freedoms by invoking the notwithstanding clause in the legislature. Premier Scott Moe's use of this clause is a dangerous move that threatens the rights of all Canadians.
After the Court of King's Bench judge ordered a temporary injunction against the government, Premier Scott Moe announced he was recalling the legislative assembly on October 10 to invoke the rarely used Notwithstanding Clause to force their pronoun policy through.
Canada’s charter is meant to protect our basic rights and freedoms. The notwithstanding clause is to be used sparingly and only in highly unusual circumstances, not as a knee-jerk reaction to a judicial decision the government doesn’t agree with. If the premier sincerely believed his policy was right, he would allow it to be deliberated through the courts.
The premier’s unprecedented pre-emptive use of the Notwithstanding Clause is authoritarian, running roughshod on our rights and freedoms. What will the premier and his government decide to attack next – will it be many hard-fought labour union rights that SGEU members and all working people benefit from today?
Join us on the steps of the Legislative Building at noon on October 10 to protest this irresponsible and unnecessary use of the notwithstanding clause. We need to defend our charter rights.