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notwithstanding clause

The "notwithstanding clause" of the Canadian Constitution permits a government to over-ride any aspect of the constitution except the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

It was included in the constitution over the great objections of Pierre Trudeau, who opposed it. No other democratic country has such a clause in its own constitution.

Normally it is only considered for use in grave circumstances, and that only by political extremists.

Using it is considered to be political suicide.

Advocating its use may be very nearly the same.