The Kirpan: Justified Doctrine or Just a Dagger?

Sukhraaj Shergill


This paper will synthesize the Multani argument under section 2a of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1982) and explain the significance of the Kirpan before progressing to synthesize the Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys’ argument under section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1982). The paper will also lay out a preliminary understanding of section 88(1) of the Criminal Code of Canada as it explains the definition of a weapon in relation to section 267 of the Criminal Code of Canada, the crime of assault as related to the Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys’ argument. The paper will then close by summarizing the Supreme Court of Canada’s judgement on the matter.

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