Category: Justice Minister

Quebec Court Says Justice Minister’s Intervention on Judge Bilingualism Illegal

MONTREAL—The Quebec Superior Court has ruled that the province’s justice minister does not get to decide whether judges can be required to speak English as well as French. The case was centred around half a dozen Quebec court judge postings in Montreal and surrounding areas, where Chief Judge Lucie Rondeau deemed it necessary that candidates…


Kenney Relieves Justice Minister of Duties, Orders Investigation Into Police Call

EDMONTON—Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has relieved Justice Minister Kaycee Madu of his duties after it came to light that Madu called Edmonton’s police chief about a traffic ticket. Kenney says while all parties agree Madu never asked Chief Dale McFee to cancel the ticket last March, there’s a bigger issue at play. “It’s essential the…


Liberals Introduce Bill to Combat Online Hate Speech as Commons Adjourns for Summer

OTTAWA—The Liberal government waited until the House of Commons was about to adjourn for three months to introduce a bill aimed at protecting Canadians from online hate speech. The eleventh-hour move Wednesday fuelled speculation that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is intent on padding the Liberals’ record before calling an election sometime this summer. “Once again,…


Justice Minister David Lametti Doesn’t Rule out Referring MAID Bill to Supreme Court

OTTAWA—Justice Minister David Lametti isn’t ruling out the possibility of asking the Supreme Court to advise on the constitutionality of a bill to expand access to assisted dying. Testifying at the Senate’s legal and constitutional affairs committee today, Lametti said a reference to the top court “is always an option.” But he says he’s never…