A French gift to the US in 1886, to commemorate a century of American independence, she represents freedom, justice & liberty.
Almost 700 years earlier a little document was hammered out in England on those very principles.
Considered as the foundation of modern democracy the Magna Carta, issued by King John in 1215, established that everybody, even the king, was subject to the rule of law.
Today, the historic charter is the cornerstone of key human rights & legal documents around the world, including Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
In honour of the document’s 800th anniversary Canadians have had the chance to view it – with the Toronto tour stop at Fort York running until Nov. 7th.
Included is a video presentation in which I dial in my British accent to supply the voice of Baron Robert FitzWalter who contributed to Magna Carta becoming part of the fabric of English political society.