Sunday, July 26, 2015
Stephen Harper's Stealthy Assault On Our Judicial System
All through the long and dark years of Stephen Harper's evil regime the Supreme Court of Canada has been his most mighty opponent.
Time and time again it has rejected his foul and flawed bills that would have turned us into a monstrous police state, or a vengeful theocracy.
It has been the last bastion of Canadian values that the depraved tyrant has been unable to corrupt or destroy.
But what most people don't know, and as the Globe's Sean Fine points out, Harper has been slowly undermining the court from below.
By stealthily remaking our judiciary in his own monstrous image.
In the public glare of Parliament, the Conservatives have passed dozens of crime laws that reduced judges’ power to decide on a sentence. Behind closed doors, the government has engaged in an effort unprecedented since 1982, when the Charter of Rights and Freedoms took effect: to appoint judges most likely to accept that loss of discretion – the little-noticed half of Mr. Harper’s project to toughen Canadian law.
It's a long article, but you should try to read it all because it couldn't be more chilling.
While those public conflicts were playing out, the government was quietly transforming the lower courts. The Conservative government has now named about 600 of the 840 full-time federally appointed judges, or nearly three in every four judges on provincial superior courts, appeal courts, the Federal Court and Tax Court.
The judges, who can serve until they are 75, may be sitting long after other governments have come along and rewritten the laws. They also are a farm team or development system for the Supreme Court. They are Mr. Harper’s enduring legacy.
But all you really need to know is that he is trying to kill the so-called living tree at the heart of our Charter of Rights.
Know too that ministers like Jason Kenney, Pierre Poilievre, Rona Ambrose, and Joe Oliver, have been providing Harper with a list of right-wing judges who will demolish our Canadian values if they are not restrained.
And that if Harper should get another majority, he will make sure they are NOT restrained.
By appointing judges like Bradley Miller to the Supreme Court...
As an election approaches that will be fought in part on security from terrorism and crime, the Prime Minister and his cabinet continue their determined effort to reshape the judiciary. In June, they promoted Justice Bradley Miller, another former Western professor and proponent of originalism, to the Ontario Appeal Court. He opposes gay marriage and asks whether the Supreme Court has lost its moral centre.
The religious fanatic and anti-gay bigot Harper is clearly grooming for the job.
And that if he is able to destroy that last bastion of Canadian values, nothing and I mean NOTHING will save us or this country from his monstrous depravity...
Or the bloodthirsty commandments of his rabid base.
You know, even though we could be only 10 days away from the start of the election campaign, I can't help but notice that Liberal and NDP supporters are spending as much time or more attacking each other, than they are attacking the Harper Cons.
And as somebody who puts his country before his party, all I can say is this madness has to stop.
For nothing but NOTHING could be clearer to me. Nothing could be more blindingly obvious.
Or we work together to stop Harper.
Or he will destroy our Canada...
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