WHAT IS OUR PURPOSE?
To educate the various clubs and their respective membership on their constitutional and legal rights as individual Canadian citizens as well as a collective group on how to exercise their fundamental right to freedom of assembly and association guaranteed in section 2 of the Canadian Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms without fear of repercussion or reprisal.
. Everyone has the following fundamental freedoms:
freedom of conscience and religion;
freedom of thought, belief, opinion and expression, including freedom of the press and other media of communication;
freedom of peaceful assembly; and
freedom of association.
The Charter guarantees certain freedoms for everyone in Canada. Canadian traditions and laws have reflected the freedoms set out in section 2 for many years. Since 1982, the Charter has given these freedoms constitutional protection.
Under section 2 of the Charter, Canadians are free to follow the religion of their choice. In addition, they are guaranteed freedom of thought, belief and expression. Since the media are an important means for communicating thoughts and ideas, the Charter also protects the right of the press and other media to speak out. Our right to gather and act in peaceful groups is also protected, as is our right to belong to an association such as a trade union, or in this case, a Motorcycle Club.
These freedoms are set out in the Charter to ensure that Canadians are free to create and to express their ideas, gather to discuss them and communicate them widely to other people. These activities are basic forms of individual liberty. They are also important to the success of a democratic society like Canada. In a democracy, people must be free to discuss matters of public policy, criticize governments and offer their own solutions to social problems.
This, however, is not the sole purpose of the MCMC. As a coalition this also gives us a venue to promote the various club rides and events and encourage one another and our respective clubs to be in attendance. This is not meant to be understood as a show of “Support” clubs to others but rather as a collective group of individual clubs who simply support one another’s events and their rights to exercise their freedom of association and gatherings. There is a difference!