Harper v Canada (AG)

Harper v Canada (AG), [2004] 1 S.C.R. 827, 2004 SCC 33, is a leading decision of the Supreme Court of Canada wherein the Court ruled that Canada Elections Act's spending limits on third party election advertising did violate section 2(b) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms but was justified under Section One of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Harper v Canada (AG)
Hearing: 10 February 2004
Judgment: 18 May 2004
Full case nameAttorney General of Canada v Stephen Joseph Harper
Citations[2004] 1 S.C.R. 827; 2004 SCC 33 (CanLII); (2004), 239 D.L.R. (4th) 193; [2004] 8 W.W.R. 1; (2004), 119 C.R.R. (2d) 84; (2004), 27 Alta. L.R. (4th) 1
Docket No.29618
Prior historyJudgment for the respondent in the Court of Appeal for Alberta.
RulingSpending limits in the Canada Elections Act are constitutional.
Court membership
Chief Justice: Beverley McLachlin
Puisne Justices: Frank Iacobucci, John C. Major, Michel Bastarache, Ian Binnie, Louise Arbour, Louis LeBel, Marie Deschamps, Morris Fish
Reasons given
MajorityBastarache J., joined by Iacobucci, Arbour, LeBel, Deschamps, and Fish JJ.
Concur/dissentMcLachlin C.J. and Major J., joined by Binnie J. (in parts)