Friday, April 23, 2010

More on the 'Bilingual Supeme Court of Canada' Bill

Canadian Press reports on the legal community's reaction to Bill C-232, an Act to require that all future Supreme Court nominees be functionally bilingual:

Reviews from the legal community are scathing.

"Stupid," "scary," "ill-conceived" and "pandering" are just some of the adjectives used to describe New Brunswick MP Yvon Godin's proposal -- and those come from lawyers and jurists who believe the bill is actually well-intentioned.

"I think it's a bad idea; a very, very bad idea," said David Scott, a pre-eminent Ottawa lawyer who has represented federal commissions of inquiry, the Government of Canada and former prime minister Jean Chretien.

To reiterate my own views:

This vital judicial institution should not be compromised on the altar of feel-good politics.

The proposed amendment is a truly bad idea that should be dropped.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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