Parliamentary sovereignty or supremacy

Filed Under: Constitutional Law

The doctrine that states that the Parliament or a legislature, acting within its jurisdiction, may enact or repeal any law it chooses. This doctrine lies at the heart of the United Kingdom constitutional tradition, but, in Canada, parliamentary supremacy has always been limited by the terms of the Constitution Act, 1867. The principle of parliamentary supremacy has been further limited by the enactment of the Constitution Act, 1982, which placed certain entrenched individual and group rights beyond the power of either level of government.

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