June 19, 2015

If Liberals, NDP get their way, Supreme Court judges will be picked for bilingualism, not merit

Brian LilleyArchive

There is a push on to make sure that the group of prospective judges allowed to sit on Canada's highest court is smaller than it currently is.

Rather than being based on merit, if the Liberals or NDP get their way, candidates will be chosen by language.

I explain why selecting Supreme Court justices on their bilingualism is the wrong way to go.


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commented 2015-06-23 09:12:20 -0400
Dunno. If we are picking them now for their (supposed) fine minds, I’d say that their most recent decisions support the notion that it’s time to give bilingualism a chance. ;)
commented 2015-06-22 15:11:34 -0400
My father was a public service supervisor. When he asked his superior if he could consider a Quebec anglophone in a competition for a bilingual position, he was told over the phone to “hire a frenchman”. Dad has to hire a franco-ontarian with no university degree (which was a requirement) for the job. Bilingualism also trumps a university degree. So much for the myth that “bilingual” jobs are open to people who are not born speaking french.
commented 2015-06-21 17:27:18 -0400
Terry Black;
Concerning that ‘loss of freedom’ and escape to…where, the problem is ultimately global? Good luck in finding someplace though…
Check out Sovereignman.com if you’re serious.
Me, I live way out in the middle of nowhere and I’m staying here to fight it out!
As Trudeau’s ‘forced official bilingualism’ thing and all the rest of the intentionally divisive obstacles placed in the way of the unity and cooperation of Canadians, as all the laws that have been enacted against the will of Canadians, as all the apparently ‘stupid’ things politicians do, as much as it seems like Backwardsland here, in spite of the fact that something desperately must be done, it’s too easy to rely on the idea of referendums to fight back against all that’s wrong with Canada and who is responsible. Because there are problems with referendums…like, the numbskulls that apparently elect the sociopaths and criminals who psychiatry tells us are attracted to politics, will be the same numbskulls voting in the referendums. Like, ‘the government’ sets up the referendums and the process and that itself can have a huge effect on the out come, whether through trickery, incompetence – seeming or otherwise – wording and results, especially if ANY electronic collection or counting is involved in the process! The worst problem though by far is apathy, too may people just don’t seem to care…
commented 2015-06-20 12:59:06 -0400
Terry, I agree, though I think Canadians should have referendums all major topics. That is something we do not do in this country but should.
commented 2015-06-20 12:11:09 -0400
What a perfectly stupid idea – we will not end up with the smartest most capable people but I’ll bet the most Left leaning Nanny State making Socialist judges we have ever seen! Re: for example from another Commenter ( The Liberal & NDP definition of bilingualism: Someone French, from French Quebec, who reluctantly speaks English when required by law. )

As was suggested I suggest the Canadian people get to have a referendum vote on this! As a matter of a fact, I’d like to have a lot more referendums’ in Canadian political issues as of late I am of the opinion lots’ is being shoved down our throats’ by our Politicians’ – that are simply mot the will of the Canadian people!
To the degree that I am wondering just how long Canada will be a Democracy? I am beginning to look for other countries to move to as yes I am seeinhg less and less freedom in all of Canada, USA and Britain all the time!
It is getting ridiculous how much our Liberties and choices are being infringed upon! Wake up Canada!
commented 2015-06-20 12:02:19 -0400
Functional bilingualism is like functional literacy – not much good for interpreting legal nuance. This is a merely political manouevre. Vote pandering. Judges would need to be truly fluent in order to no longer require translation services and such judges are fewer and farther between in the pool of potential SCC judges than makes such an idea practical or feasible.

I don’t care how bilingual or even (though more so) how legally brilliant or accomplished a judge is.

I want judges that can’t be bought with money, influence or intimidation as far too many currently can be and are.
commented 2015-06-20 11:18:33 -0400
The Liberal & NDP definition of bilingualism: Someone French, from French Quebec, who reluctantly speaks English when required by law.
commented 2015-06-20 10:53:33 -0400
That’s okay Deborah. Of course, for humour, I was only feigning an additional increase in my already high blood pressure. But I must say, being free to express my thoughts on The Rebel seems to have had a stabilizing effect on my diastolic value. For the sake of our health I now believe that The Rebel should be mandatory viewing for all Canadians.
P.S. Please don’t say to me that you’re sorry. Your good manners are appreciated, but aside from slander or libel I place such a high value on our right for anyone to say anything about anything, or anyone, anywhere, anytime, for any reason.
commented 2015-06-20 08:42:54 -0400
I’m sorry George, I just thought people should be reminded of why Canada is in the state she is in. Speaking of Canada, has anyone read Conrad Black’s book called “Rise to Greatness, the history of Canada?” This is another thing that really bothers me, the history of our country is always being put down or denied by many in Canada, and parts of the world. And the most insulting, would be that our own history is not even really taught to our children here. It’s like we should be ashamed or something. The socialist have denied our children any pride in our country, by not informing them of where we have come from.
commented 2015-06-20 04:24:32 -0400
I’m still trying to come up with a dollar number for how much the Canadian taxpayer has been robbed of, in total, in return for having Official Bilingualism forced on Canada by Trudeau – and not on Quebec (Bill 101), who didn’t pay for it anyway being a Have-Not province full of bilingual public sector employees.
As far as merit and un-elected, activist Supreme Court judges are concerned…I’m hearin’ oxymoron!
commented 2015-06-19 23:33:09 -0400
I’m with you George Drummond – really sad state of affairs. Okay so we can’t have elected SCOC – is there any way we can limit their terms ?
commented 2015-06-19 22:13:17 -0400
Oh Deborah; Didn’t I say “don’t get me started”? Yes, I remember him pirouetting. More importantly, to me, is that I remember that signing that Charter brought this country’s road to democracy to a grinding halt. Now our employees (un-elected in the Supreme Court) who we should be paying to enforce the law, have taken it upon themselves to be the ones who make the law. All this to satisfy the elder’s arrogant and vain ego in his selfish quest for what he thought would be some kind of legacy. Some legacy all right. That really gets me going. Time for my aromatherapy. Thanks a lot Deborah.
commented 2015-06-19 20:54:00 -0400
George – do you remember PET was so giddy he was spinning circles behind the Queen, when the charter was signed? He is responsible for the condition that Canada is in now. And another thing that really burns me, is that bilingualism has meant that most of us will never qualify for a federal government job, based on language alone. He certainly set QB up to be the spoiled child that it is.
I forgot to mention that the SCOC judges should be limited to a term, not the balance of their lives.
commented 2015-06-19 19:58:20 -0400
Deborah; Don’t get me started on The Charter. To me it’s just a piece of paper thats’s been scribbled on by some dead guy. To me it is meaningless. What is important to me is people who are alive and, ideally, are living in today’s self-determining society.
commented 2015-06-19 18:13:10 -0400
I thought the lifers on the SCOC were in there until they died. I think we should have elected judges sitting on the SCOC, and bilingualism shouldn’t even be a factor. There should be a judge elected from each province and territory. PET sure stuck us with that Charter or Rights and Freedoms, didn’t he?
commented 2015-06-19 18:01:04 -0400
Who won the Plains Of Abraham anyways?
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