The Universal Declaration of Human RightsLast revised on October 6, 2019
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and cultural backgrounds from all regions of the world, the Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 General Assembly resolution 217 A as a common standard of achievements for all peoples and all nations. It sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected.
Included in this declaration was the requirement that the social safety net be introduced in Canada and it was but prior to April 17th, 1982 when these rights were not guaranteed.
Canadian law prior to April 17th, 1982, law was for the public good and individuals were made to sacrifice their rights and freedoms for the greater good of society. If an enactment happened to remove an individual of an imprescriptible right or freedom, there was simply nothing much they could do about it.