Tag Archives: Activist (Politicized) Judges

‘Race Based Court Decisions Damaging Economy’


“What has happened to ‘Trans Mountain’ is not surprising. This is the third time in 12 years that the Federal Court has blocked a major pipeline proposal on grounds of ‘insufficient consultation’ {with only aboriginal Bands, NOT the rest of Canadians}, following the Mackenzie Valley natural-gas pipeline in 2006 and the Northern Gateway oil pipeline in 2016. In each case, the proposal was backed by many ‘First Nations’ {aboriginal} and Métis {mixed race} organizations, but a small number of ‘First Nations’ (six, in the case of Trans Mountain) were able to get a court to rule that some phase of ‘consultation’ had been inadequate. 

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The Folly Of ‘Gladue’


“Media reports have described Christine Mequish as “among the most dangerous women in the country”, a convicted killer with a record that includes 25 violent crimes since 1984. Last April, following an armed robbery conviction in La Tuque, Que., the 58-year-old was declared a dangerous offender — just the fourth Canadian woman ever designated as such. ERBLTheFollyOfGladue800x800

But while noting her “brutal behaviour” and the likelihood that she will again cause “death, serious abuse or serious psychological harm to other people”, the sentencing judge stopped short of ordering the indeterminate sentence requested by the Crown.

The reason for the lighter sentence: Mequish is an aboriginal Continue reading The Folly Of ‘Gladue’

‘Bad For Democracy’


“Nine people — unelected people — apparently have the power to determine “what’s best for Canadian society”. With no reference to “the law”.

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“What high Canadian official do you suppose recently said the following words:

“My job is simply to listen to what the parties have to say, and to do my best to understand the position, the ramifications of deciding one way or the other, to think about what’s best for Canadian society on this particular problem that’s before us, and give it my best judgment … ”

“Important work indeed. Sounds like a legislator. Perhaps a member of Parliament, a cabinet member, maybe even the Prime Minister? Continue reading ‘Bad For Democracy’