Friday, April 01, 2005 - Loud, troubling ruling on rights

A Ron Laffin from Toronto has hit the nail on the head in his letter to The Star: - Loud, troubling ruling on rights

Writes laffin:

We should all be very concerned with this message from our Supreme Court. But we should also feel a certain measure of empathy for it. After all, as a group of political and social activists posing as judges, it has a tough row to hoe.

The criticism is well-deserved: our esteemed justices have just confirmed that the principal of 'separate by equal' is something Canadians must live with. This allows the state to discriminate between people on the basis of origin: Canadians are divided into arbitrary groups - and have different rights based upon the group each falls into.

Let's not be too hard on the Justices, however. They didn't appoint themselves - for this we can thank a succession of Liberal prime ministers.

Now where is the Liberal government on this issue? This is the government that has raised such a ruckus over the right to same-sex marriages. Over and over again, the Fedfibs have stressed that the impetus behind their legislation to allow same-sex marriage is based on the need to protect equality rights:

Irwin Cotler: "My view is that this is an issue of minority rights and equality rights.'' (CP - Jan 11 2005)
Paul Martin: "I rise today in support of Bill C-38, the Civil Marriage Act. I rise in support of a Canada in which liberties are safeguarded, rights are protected and the people of this land are treated as equals under the law. " (Feb 16 2005 in The House of Commons)

So far we haven't heard a peep from these gentlemen in regards to the Supreme Court rulings. I'm not holding my breath either. Obviously, some rights are less important to the Fedfibs that others. It seems to all boil down to votes.

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