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  • Section 4 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms is one of three democratic rights sections in the Charter. Section 4 guarantees that federal and provincial elections must take place from time to time. Subsection 4 provides that the maximum term of the House of Commons, and of all the provincial legislative assemblies, is five years. Under subsection 4, an exception is made if war or rebellion causes two-thirds of the membership to believe a House of Commons or legislature should last longer.