Word of the Day

The Canadian Word of the Day is a collection of unique words, hand selected by Katherine Barber, that are either only found in Canada or have a usage in Canada not found anywhere else. Example: did you know that the term “collector lanes” is used only in Canada?

For Monday, January 30, 2006

notwithstanding clause,

noun 

  • Section 33 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which allows Parliament and the provincial legislatures to override Charter clauses covering fundamental freedoms and legal and equality rights. 

Example from The Globe

The word notwithstanding clause has appeared in 141 Globe articles over the past year, most recently in “The cultural finger writes and, having writ, moves on” on January 30, 2006.

The cultural finger writes and, having writ, moves on Key

Monday, Jan 30, 2006

So it will be with gay marriage. Mr. Harper promises another free vote on the issue and, given the composition of this Parliament, this vote too will ratify the change. Gay marriage will prevail, there will be no use of the "notwithstanding clause," Mr. Harper says, and this front on the culture wars will close as well.