The federal and Alberta Bills of Rights continue in force alongside the Charter.
The Canadian Bill of Rights and the Alberta Bill of Rights remain as the only two standalone Bills of Rights in Canada.
Obviously, bills of rights can be useful in situations in which statutory provisions are already violating the basic rights of people.
Despite the superficial attraction they normally achieve, bills of rights may dangerously contribute to judicial politicisation.
If bills of rights
simply ask MCOs to do what is plainly right, why not pass one?
The kind of Bill of Rights which is often advocated would go much further and would describe the rights and freedoms which it is intended to protect in the most general terms, such as those in Bills of Rights
elsewhere, for example, "the right to life", "the right to liberty and security of the person", "the right to respect for his or her private and family life", "the right to freedom of expression" and "the right to be secure against unreasonable search and seizure".