Justin Trudeau is going to take your money and use it to fund left wing, activist court cases that will see Liberal friendly groups sue the federal government. Does it make sense to you that we’re going to pay people and organizations to sue the federal government?
On Tuesday Trudeau’s Liberals - fronted by his justice minister, Judy Wilson-Raybould, announced that the Liberals were bringing back the Court Challenges Program to promote “access to justice for Canadians who need it the most.”
This is resurrecting a program Stephen Harper and the Conservatives killed off early in their first mandate, closing the doors on new funding in September of 2006.
I’ve long argued that scrapping the Court Challenges Program was the most Conservative thing that Harper and company ever did. I mean, why would the federal government pay activist groups to sue them in court?
Well to put it bluntly, to give themselves cover. To make sure they could back court cases whose objectives they supported without having to anger the public.
They could fund the court case, help the lefty activists go before lefty activist judges who would rule in their favour and then the lefty government of the day could stand back and say they have to follow the court’s orders, they have no choice.
It is far safer politically than getting out in front of issues that the public at large would disagree with.
Watch as I show you what kinds of cases were funded in the past which will give you an idea of the types of cases we’ll be funding in the future.
Ian Brodie, an academic and former chief of staff to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, has written extensively on the Court Challenges Program and its various iterations, and what he found was that in the past, the program morphed into one that funded one political point of view, that even sought to create new lobby groups to challenge the government in court.
It was for those reasons and others that the Harper government shut down the challenges program.
Supporters of the program claim that without it, many people and groups couldn’t challenge the government in court, but is that true? Was there a lack of court challenges without government funding in the Harper years? No.
There were challenges on things like safe injection sites by Insite, challenges on pipelines, on terror laws, on election laws and even on election outcomes.
The groups that launched these had to fundraise or find patrons or lawyers willing to do work pro bono and guess what, they did.
Now we’re going back to the days of your money being used to funded politically motivated litigation that you do not support.
It isn’t fair but if you paid attention, you knew this was coming. I warned about it, others warned about it, and now it’s here.
As I like to say, elections have consequences - this is one of them.