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The law affects nearly every aspect of our lives every day. We have laws to deal with crimes like robbery and murder. And we have laws that govern activities like driving a car, getting a job, and getting married. Laws give us rules of conduct that protect everyone’s rights.
The rule of law, freedom under the law, democratic principles, and respect for others form the foundations of Canada’s legal heritage. Every Canadian should understand the law, and the ideas and principles behind it. This publication will help readers understand
- what the law is;
- where it comes from;
- what it is for; and
- how it operates.
Laws also balance individual rights with our obligations as members of society. For example, when a law gives a person a legal right to drive, it also makes it a duty for a driver to know how to drive and to follow the rules of the road.