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Time to Reassess the Canadian Judicial Council?

Time to Reassess the Canadian Judicial Council?

The following editorial, co-authored with lawyer Iain Benson, was previously published by Epoch Times. Commentary A complaint to the Canadian Judicial Council was recently filed concerning comments made by the Right Honourable Richard Wagner, chief justice of the...

Arbitration Awards Religious Exemption

The following editorial was previously published by The Lawyer's Daily. Religious or conscientious objectors to the COVID-19 vaccine have paid a high price for their principles over the last year in Canada. Many lost jobs (even when working from home) or were...

Justice Denied

The following editorial was previously published by The Lawyer's Daily, June 16, 2022. Philosopher Thomas Sowell once quipped, “You will never understand bureaucracies until you understand that for bureaucrats, procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing.”...

Suspension of Disbelief

Suspension of Disbelief

Barry W. Bussey I woke up Tuesday morning to the news that the Government of Canada is “suspending” the COVID-19 vaccine travel mandates. At first glance, this is welcome news. After growing opposition from Canadians, the government has finally relented on (at least...

Parliamentary Privilege: An Issue Of Conscience

Parliamentary Privilege: An Issue Of Conscience

A shortened version of this editorial was published under the same title by The Lawyer's Daily on June 1, 2022. Barry W. Bussey On May 13, 2022, Ontario Superior Court Justice J. Fregeau issued his decision in Alford v. Canada (Attorney General)[1] striking down...

“Traitor! You’re Not Welcome Here”

“Traitor! You’re Not Welcome Here”

Barry W. Bussey “Traitor!  You’re Not Welcome Here!” Those were the words (along with other insults) that confronted NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh when he was visiting an NDP candidate headquarters in Peterborough, Ontario.  Ontario will have its provincial...

Part Two:  Judges Reign Supreme?

Part Two:  Judges Reign Supreme?

Read Part One, “The Charter at 40” here. The first time that I began to question the utility of the Charter was during law school. I remember studying a course called Civil Liberties, taught by Professor Ian Hunter at Western University in London, Ontario. Professor...

The Charter at Forty

The Charter at Forty

PART ONE: The Political Maneuvering Barry W. Bussey On a cold April day in 1982, her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II gave her Royal Assent to the Constitution Act 1982, entrenching the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. This marked the end of a career-long aspiration...

The Unfriendly Dictatorship

The Unfriendly Dictatorship

The Canadian Prime Minister and The Case for An Immediate Reduction of Power Many Canadians still feel shaken by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s decision to invoke the Emergencies Act. “I’m still not over it!” a friend expressed to me the other day. “I cannot believe...

Is Freedom Irresponsible?

Is Freedom Irresponsible?

In January 2020, as information began to emerge regarding the novel coronavirus, many experts and public voices (at least those quoted in media articles at the time) appeared to be skeptical of China’s dictatorial response to the new respiratory illness.  One CTV...

A Free Canada in Peril

A Free Canada in Peril

Barry W. Bussey When Prime Minister Pierre E. Trudeau was questioned by a reporter as to how far he would go with the War Measures Act in 1970, he retorted, “Just watch me!” Canada was in a full-blown terrorist crisis brought on by the Front de libération du...

The New Symbol of Resistance and The Rule of Law

The New Symbol of Resistance and The Rule of Law

Who would have thought that jerry cans would become Canada’s newest symbols of freedom? Hundreds of pro-trucker demonstrators in Ottawa have presented Canadian history with a new way of looking at freedom:  the red gasoline cans and yellow diesel cans.  This...

Overwhelmed: Rethinking the Healthcare Argument

Overwhelmed: Rethinking the Healthcare Argument

Over the course of the pandemic, Canadians have become so conditioned by repeated warnings from our health officials that, unless we look back, it can be difficult to recall what life was like before COVID-19 arrived on the scene. Many Canadians have become convinced...

Not Vaxxed? Get Taxed

Not Vaxxed? Get Taxed

  For nearly two years, politicians have promised that the end of the pandemic is near: another two weeks, another layer of masking, another jab, and it will all be over. Now it appears that we are, at last, entering the final stages of the viral contagion – and yet...

Diane Francis: Make the Unvaccinated Pay

Diane Francis: Make the Unvaccinated Pay

Diane Francis, Financial Post columnist, wants to “make the unvaccinated pay for their own health care.” She argues that Canada should follow Singapore: “if you don’t want to be vaccinated and don’t protect yourself, then fall ill, nobody else should have to pay for...

The Ideological Battle Continues

The Ideological Battle Continues

In their 2021 federal election campaign, the Liberals pledged to “no longer provide charity status to anti-abortion organizations (for example, Crisis Pregnancy Centres) that provide dishonest counseling to women about their rights and about the options available to...

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