The Ontario Judicial Council has decided not to discipline former Progressive Conservative MPP turned Superior Court Judge Toni Skarica for wearing a Trump shirt to the grocery store.
It all started when Lorne Warwick and his wife spotted Skarica wearing the “Make America Great Again” shirt and wrote a complaint suggesting his apparent bias would make it impossible for the judge to be impartial.
The Ontario Courts website indicates that they’re required to respond to all complaints, review them and send them off to a panel for further review.
But a quick review of Warwick’s social media accounts, displays his disdain for conservatives, even calling Trump’s brand of conservatism “cancerous” and “fascism”. He uses words like “enemies” to describe how he positions himself when it comes to former Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
Warwick wasted taxpayer money to tell on someone he perceives as a fascist enemy, and wasted the time of the Ontario court, but the key here is that they listened.
Being a former Conservative MPP, Skarica’s employer clearly knew his political views when they hired him and he’s been very open about his support for PC candidates in the province.
It became a problem when someone with too much time on their hands decided to cause grief over something frivolous. What would happen if you’re walking down the street wearing your Make America Great Again cap, or a Trump shirt, and one of your colleagues tells on you and your workplace takes action?
Would sensitivity training follow? Would you get written up? Would it result in job loss? Would it ruin your reputation? Would it result in a lawsuit that financially destroys you and causes unnecessary stress?
When you consider the possible ramifications, this is a slippery slope that gives a busybody with nothing better to do a lot of power, just because they can.