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Lawyers chat in the Supreme Court of Canada building in Ottawa. Ontario lawyers are divided about whether to support a law society commitment that they ‘abide by a statement of principles acknowledging their obligation to promote equality, diversity, and inclusion generally.’ The Hill Times file photograph

Time for Ontario lawyers to scrap rule that violates their freedom of expression

While I teach the values of equality and diversity, I oppose forcing all lawyers to promote these or any other government-prescribed values.
Were I advising him, I would suggest he keep a low profile for now, mend fences, and delegate effectively.
The access-to-information bill needed close scrutiny to turn it into ‘workable legislation,’ says committee chair Sen. Serge Joyal.
My fear is the bill will encourage the worst elements of Quebec society to attack Muslim, Sikh, and Jewish citizens.
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The publication of these documents will likely re-energize opposition parties' push for the government to allow his ex-minister to fully air her side of the story and potentially add to calls from some Liberal MPs for her to be expelled from caucus.
While the federal government has pledged to review and modernize the Official Languages Act, it’s been defending a decision in court that will wreak havoc on minority language communities.
Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith described the opposition parties' motion as ‘premature,’ as the Justice Committee is still awaiting a written submission and documents from ex-minister Jody Wilson-Raybould on the same topic.
'When you have this shaking at the top, it slows things down,' says UBC prof Paul Evans, pointing to the resignation of top PMO aide Gerald Butts and PCO clerk Michael Wernick due to the SNC-Lavalin story.
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The Quebec engineering company’s desire to gain lucrative contracts in Gaddafi’s Libya led to the fraud and corruption charges it sought to have dealt with through a deferred prosecution agreement.
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Both cases begin with information being leaked to the media and stem from allegations that major corporations tried to use political clout to find favour with the Trudeau government.
Former politicians and academics are in favour of righting the ‘fundamental tension’ between the two roles, but are divided on whether the AG should still be an MP, or an agent of Parliament.
Raza Bashir Tarar, the new High Commissioner to Canada, says more can be done on bilateral trade, and that sometimes means 'getting out of the way’ of businesses.
The SNC-Lavalin affair ‘casts a new light’ on the Senate Legal Affairs Committee study of remediation agreements last year, say committee members.
Jody Wilson-Raybould’s hiring of Thomas Cromwell as counsel is ‘good for the client, good for the PMO, good for Canada,’ says a Supreme Court specialist.
'There’s a need to explain to Canadians whether or not a line has been crossed—the line between legitimately, and even vigorously, talking about a criminal matter with your cabinet colleagues and being able to be sure you exercised your independent judgment,' says NDP MP Murray Rankin.
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