Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Harper's feud with Supreme Court of Canada -- a few articles

Rabble.ca -- Priya Sarin

In making such shocking allegations against one of the most respected judges in Canada, the prime minister has yet again shown that he is behaving like a schoolyard bully. Perhaps Harper needs to revisit the Constitution and be reminded of why we have an executive, legislative and judicial branch of government -- and why an independent judiciary is so important to a healthy democracy.

Globe and Mail - Jeffrey Simpson -- Attacking the Supreme Court, the Conservatives sink to a new low 

Simpson, a noted and well respected columnist, wants to know if this latest attack on Chief Justice McLaughlin represents the lowest the government can go, and regretfully confesses that each time there appears to establish new lows.  “By attacking Chief Justice McLachlin and adding the Supreme Court of Canada to its enemies list, the government is sending a signal to its political base, MPs, candidates and fundraisers that it is now open season on the courts….  This kind of attack has been a staple of Republican Party tactics in the United States. Canadian courts had been spared – but no longer.”  http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/tories-sink-to-a-new-supreme/article18498810   

Globe and Mail - Lawrence Martin -- PM’s enemies list? Here comes the judge

The rebuff of the decisions of the SCC and its chief justice seem, in Martin’s opinion, to be retribution. Further says Martin, the enemies list seems to grow every time Harper experiences a setback in disagreement with key federal personnel. Says Martin: “The combination – a wedge government driven by such a degree of animosity – makes for a potent mix. It’s why the enemies list has kept growing. It’s why a woman as honourable as the Chief Justice of our Supreme Court is now on it.” http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/pms-enemies-list-here-comes-the-judge/article18478032

Related article: Globe and Mail – Sean Fine MacKay repeats allegations against top court judge http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/politics/mackay-repeats-allegations-against-top-court-judge-defies-calls-to-withdraw/article18476754

Related article: Canada.com – Postmedia News – Andrew Coyne Stephen Harper’s reckless smear of Canada’s top judge http://o.canada.com/news/harpers-reckless-smear-of-canadas-top-judge

Related article: Toronto Star – Joan Bryden, Canadian Press Peter MacKay escalates feud with Supreme Court’s Beverley McLachlin http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2014/05/05/peter_mackay_escalates_feud_with_supreme_courts_beverley_mclachlin.html

Related article: Globe and Mail – Eleven former presidents of the Canadian Bar Association Harper’s disrespect for the Supreme Court harms the workings of government http://www.theglobeandmail.com/globe-debate/harpers-disrespect-for-the-supreme-court-harms-the-workings-of-government/article18478269