The Notwithstanding Clause: Recent Developments and Debates

Date & Time

  • April 25
  • 12:00 PM - 01:30 PM


  • Winnipeg, MB
  • Zoom Video Conference


Bring a Buddy Months - In April and May 2024 consider bringing a non-member buddy to a Section Meeting. Sections provide opportunities for lawyers to further their professional education and to keep ahead of current developments within the profession. The MBA wants to show non-members what they are missing!! Non-CBA members can email to register.

TITLE: The Notwithstanding Clause: Recent Developments and Debates
DATE: Wednesday, April 25, 2024
TIME: 12:00 Noon -1:30pm
LOCATION: Zoom Video Conference 
SPEAKER: Professor Robert Leckey, McGill University 

The notwithstanding clause in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms has been making headlines, including with recent uses by the legislatures of Quebec, Ontario, and Saskatchewan. Meanwhile, scholars have proposed strategies for advocates to work around the notwithstanding clause and called into question assumptions about what its use means for courts and for the public. This talk will bring participants up to speed, helping them to be more informed citizens and advocates.

Please RSVP (PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED) to the Manitoba Bar Association online at The link to join the Zoom meeting will be sent on the morning of the meeting.

Attendance at this MBA Section meeting can be applied towards your Law Society of Manitoba’s Continuing Professional Development requirement for a maximum of 1.5 hours.

Andrew Sain
Chair, MBA Civil Litigation Section
Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP
Ph: 204-934-2556 

Bryton Moen
Co-Chair, MBA Constitutional/Human Rights Law Section
Manitoba Justice - Prosecutions Service Division