United States of America v. Cotroni [1989] 1 S.C.R. 1469 at 1471: The Oakes test should not be applied in an overly rigid and mechanistic fashion

An extradition may be rationally connected to the objectives underlying extradition notwithstanding the fact that Canada has sufficient interest to prosecute for the same acts. It is often better that a crime be prosecuted where its harmful impact is felt and where the witnesses and the persons most interested in bringing the criminal to justice reside.

The Oakes test should not be applied in an overly rigid and mechanistic fashion: the language of the …. Charter invites a measure of flexibility. While the rights guaranteed by the Charter must be given priority in the equation, the underlying values must be sensitively weighed in a particular context against other values of a free and democratic society sought to be achieved by the legislature.

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