Gerald Chipeur, Q.C. successful in Supreme Court of Canada

March 19, 2015 | Gerald D. Chipeur

The Supreme Court of Canada ruled on March 19, 2015 that the guarantee of freedom of religion in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms is available to protect religious schools in Canada from discrimination by government.  Furthermore, the Court affirmed that Canadians may exercise their religious liberty individually or corporately.  Just as significantly, the Supreme Court held that the government may not tell a religious “school how to explain its faith” to students.

Gerald Chipeur, Q.C. of the Calgary office of Miller Thomson LLP represented both national and Quebec based religious organizations that intervened in the appeal to support a broad approach to the interpretation and the application of the guarantee of conscience and religion.

The decision of the Supreme Court of Canada may be found at Loyola High School v. Quebec (Attorney General), 2015 SCC 12.