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The Canadian Court Challenges Program

            With a multi-cultural population extensively present in Canada, it is expected that the courts, institutions and laws are sufficient in providing a fair and equal opportunity for all members of the public. The Constitution and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms allow citizens from different groups to be represented and recognized in a fair and equal process - required they have fulfilled the requirements and have sufficient funding. If the public deems this representation unconstitutional, unattainable and objective, then the Charter of Rights and Freedoms also permits them to confront this through a wide variety of resources; the courts, institutions, media and specific government programs. Programs such as the Court Challenges Program (CCP), are also seen as a means for providing the public or disadvantaged groups with the best-interest by giving them the opportunity to fund their case.
             Canadian courts and the CCP come across several different types of disputes and cases involving a variety of persons. Much of the Court Challenges Program has heard hearings based on language rights and education rights, both receiving an adequate amount of financial support because of the Government's prioritization of linguistic rights over other minority groups' rights. For example: Feminists, LGBTQ activists, environmentalists, immigration and refugee interest groups get left behind as the government does not provide them with an acceptable amount of funding " if any at all "to even reach the courtroom. These interest groups challenge the government through the Court Challenges Program because they feel that as minority cases, the Court Challenges Program is the most cost-effective opportunity for them verses bank loans, fundraising which often doesn't raise enough or their own incomes. This paper has four parts; it first introduces and explains the Canadian Court Challenges Program while the second part analyzes "acceptable" litigation and group activity in terms of the Government of Canada.

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