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It has nothing to do with Paul Martin, so just get over it. The "matters" with reference to the federal government were clarified.
It is a Charter Right. End of story. If you want to talk about Saskatchewan provincial matters, then do so, but as far as the federal government goes, case closed.
It had already been "legal" in 8 provinces and the Yukon when the Civil Marriage Act passed in 2005. By enacting legislation the government was simply preventing any future supreme court challenge. In a response to a reference question, the Supreme Court stated that marriage fell under the purview of the federal government.
Due to section 15 of the Charter, not providing the same rights to same-sex couples would violate the charter. In response to a reference question from the government as to whether passing a law making same-sex marriage legal would be "consistent" with the Charter, the SCC stated, "Yes."
"On considering the second question, the Court not only affirms the validity of the legislation, they add that its purpose "flows from" the Charter. They further find that equality right of religious groups and opposite-sex couples are not undermined by the legislation, on the basis that the expansion of the Charter enriches society, and equality cannot be supported by denial of others from a benefit. When conflicts between rights arise, the Court says, it must be solved by internal balancing of those rights, not denial of rights."
Section 15 of the Charter:
"15. (1) Every individual is equal before and under the law and has the right to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law without discrimination and, in particular, without discrimination based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability."
"Turns out this is the first time in Olympic history that the Games have designated an official supplier in the category of luxury jewelry. Really, you’d have thought they’d done it earlier."
Again, the issue remains the Olympics purport to be something they are NOT.
It is about government and corporations getting together to benefit a few, all under the guise of national pride and amateur sport.
"Hey everyone, buy Brinks jewelry, drink Coke! Eat McDonald's and invest your money with RBC. If you love your country, you'll do it! Don't you love your country Douglass?"
You seem to present the argument as only good for her. Let us not forget what one of the largest jewelry retailers in North America gets from this. They get to cash in on nationalism, on the fallacy that is the Olympics. And that, Douglass, is what the Olympic Games is all about.
"Over the past few weeks they have had useful sessions and policy announcements on pensions, governance, parliamentary officers, job creation, child care, Senate reform, health care, and Afghanistan, to name a few. None of it is bang-down-the-door-and-stop-the-presses stuff, but that’s good."
What is pathetic is not the athlete, but rather that we continue to believe that the Olympics is some how about the celebration of amateur sport. It's about the celebration of cashing in.