Thursday, April 15, 2010

Is This Legitiamate Legislation Or Partisan Politics?

With all the Lame Stream Media focusing on the Guergis/Jaffer soap opera in the last weeks, something else very important has gone under the radar that the media should be widely reporting. That being a NDP private members Bill C-282 sponsored by New Brunswick NDP MP Yvon Godin. It would require all Supreme Court judges to be bilingual.    It was passed with all three opposition parties supporting it.  The coalition at work I see.  It has now gone to the Senate.

That piece of legislation would discriminate against  fully qualified people who can't speak french, mainly those in the west and could divide the country.  Language would come  first.  That's an outrage!

Liberal Globe and Mail contributer, Robert Silver reports on what retired Supreme Court Judge John Major has to say about this.

A NDP private member's bill - Bill C-232 - passed the House of Commons last week. The legislation would require that all future Supreme Court justices be bilingual. Specifically, the act says that:
"Section 5 of the Supreme Court Act is renumbered as subsection 5(1) and is amended by adding the following:
(2) In addition, any person referred to in subsection (1) may be appointed a judge who understands French and English without the assistance of an interpreter."
On CBC Radio's The Current today, retired Supreme Court judge John Major came out and spoke strongly against the bill in a rather remarkable intervention for a former justice.
Among his more interesting comments:
1. According to Major, only two or three current justices would qualify as "truly bilingual" - capable of fully understanding a case without translation. This is a key point Major makes - that the level of language skill required to understand a complex legal case is not something you can learn in a month in french (or English) immersion or even high school second-language skills. It requires perfectly bilingual LEGAL second language skills, a rather rare skill that disqualifies the vast majority of Canadian lawyers.
2. If the bill passes, you will no longer have "the best," "most competent" people appointed to the bench. He says the bill would be a big "step backwards."
3. The regional inequity of the proposal is problematic to Major - specifically in terms of disenfranchising the West. He says there would "be a very modest number" of qualified candidates in the West and you would have to "settle" for lesser candidates to meet this qualification.
4. He criticizes by specific reference former justice minister Irwin Cotler and Bob Rae that he was "astounded" the bill got through with their support.
NDP official languages critic Yvon Godin (who proposed the bill) appears on the show both before and after Major. His rebuttal of Major was weak, to say the least as were, in a bit of irony, his English language skills. 

This Bill MUST NOT BE ALLOWED to pass in the Senate.  Contact all Senators now to make sure this bill does not become law!  I think this whole this is about partisanship politics especially on the Liberals part. They should know better. 
What's going to happen when Ruby Dhalla's bill comes up?  You know the one would reduce to three, from ten, the number of years elderly immigrants to Canada have to wait before being eligible for an Old Age Security pension.


  1. I would say the big question is; are they suggesting that people have the right to have their case read in front of a judge who speaks their native language? If so we can't stop at French, we can only appoint judges who speak at least 20 languages. If a Frenchman has the right to a judge who speaks French, then shouldn't a native have the right to a judge who speaks Cree?

  2. Exactly Iceman,we start there and then where do we stop?
    Another thing would we eventually require all MPs be bilingual? Premiers and MLAs? Police Officers? Heck where would it end?

  3. will end when the axis of bilingual power that exists in small pockets of Canada have all the power.

    If you speak English, you will never, and I repeat never, have a chance for a high paying position in the Govt.

    That is just the way they want it.

    A make work project, and perpetual employment for French speaking people.

    English be damned.


  4. I just think the motion is discriminating against Cantonese speaking people, Mandarin speaking people, Ruskie speaking people, German speaking people, and so on and so forth.

  5. I don't know why this issue is not getting much MSM attention -- well, maybe I do. In any event, this is a BIG issue. I'll bet Toronto voters do not know that their MP's voted in favour of this. It's an outrage. Let's hope it can be stopped.

  6. This is not necessary. Bilingualism has become the bogey man in this country re: the euro socialistic takeover of Canada. (real conservative)


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