Last week Pro Bono Ontario dropped the bombshell that they would be forced to shutter their offices in Toronto and Ottawa because of a $500,000 funding gap. Private funders, apparently, can no longer support the program. So, civil lawyers took to the opinion pages and social media to defend the little guy.
In 2015, prior to the last federal election, the then-third-party Liberals made three promises that warmed the hearts of lawyers who work in the criminal-justice trenches.
Last week, the Liberal government, in a rare move, almost followed through on a key election promise. Marijuana is now legal in Canada — sort of.
But what happens when disagreement with a decision turns into a complete dismissal of the judiciary’s independence and authority?
Now is as good a time as any to see if the Liberals have lived up to their lofty justice promises.
In the end, Ontario Attorney General Caroline Mulroney may have prevailed in the Court of Appeal, but she certainly has nothing to celebrate.
The news that an Ontario Superior Court judge ruled the prohibition on extreme intoxication as defence to sexual assault was unconstitutional broke just before the Labour Day long weekend. And then social media exploded.
Politicians, police officers and Crown prosecutors have not been serious about fighting guns and gangs — at least according to Ontario Premier Doug Ford. If anyone needs to get serious about gun violence it is Doug Ford and Attorney General Caroline Mulroney.
Unfortunately, time and time again, political rationality has proven to be an impossibility following high profile incidents. And it seems that the fallout from this tragedy will be no different.
Ontario’s new Attorney General Caroline Mulroney is going to face a steep learning curve when it comes to criminal justice issues.