February 09, 2017

Lefty politicians using your money to fund left wing activist court cases

Brian LilleyArchive

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.

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commented 2017-02-11 00:29:20 -0500
“expanded scope”, “broader range” “quasi-constitutional rights”.

If you understand Lefty-speak, you should be very frightened!!
commented 2017-02-10 01:39:34 -0500
Oh Good!.. Just what we need,,, More bullshit lawyers clogging the courts with fanciful vexations, and all paid for by the taxpayers… “Lawyering In Canada” – now there’s a guaranteed income and career for life…
commented 2017-02-09 18:10:16 -0500
The liberals love to create feeding frenzies for the lawyers who are members of the party. Harper settled the Agent Orange thing out of court with ex-gratia payments and pulled the rug out from under Tony Merchant who is married to a liberal senator. Millions of dollars went directly to those who had health concerns instead of to legal fees. The liberals wanted to fight it.
commented 2017-02-09 16:58:47 -0500
commented 2017-02-09 16:06:11 -0500
Since 9/11 – IN THE NAME OF ISLAM (SATAN): 32,783 Attacks, 210,106 Killed, 293,764 Injured that we know of.
commented 2017-02-09 14:35:47 -0500
With six, or is it nine Liberal Muslims in Parliament, it cannot have anything to do with Islam, per chance.
commented 2017-02-09 14:20:12 -0500

Super good one BRIAN
commented 2017-02-09 13:26:39 -0500
All these petitioners are Liberal/NDP supporters so of course it is direct funding to the leftist parties and their agenda. It should be unconstitutional but we really don’t have a constitution do we. Well one that means anything that is.
commented 2017-02-09 13:14:37 -0500
The liberal pigs at the trough again! They are using the courts to destroy our rights and freedoms, using tax payer dollars to pay off judges and lawyers. How undemocratic of them.
commented 2017-02-09 12:46:52 -0500
I would like to think this legislation will allow for Ezra, Anthony Padula, and other cases against the government crackdown on rights and free speech to be funded.
But I expect JT will have his appointed leftist ideologues nix such applications for funding. Like you said Brian, this legislation will pertain ONLY to cases Our Dear Leader approves of.
commented 2017-02-09 12:46:11 -0500
In Alberta Notley is suing her own government over energy contracts that she voided by raising taxes and killing any profit the providers were making. Along with the court costs the tax payer will be on the hook for about 2 billion to the providers for lost revenue. Add in the billions to pay for new failed green tech wind/solar farms and that should just about close the deal. What a self destructive waste of money, time and resources. Not to mention piss off all the tax payers and those people that like to heat their home when it’s minus 30 degrees and alienate the energy provider companies. Well done Notley you idiot.
commented 2017-02-09 12:37:57 -0500
It saves Junior the trouble of passing legislation. He can allow the courts make the law instead.