Speak up to Support Conscience Rights

It is not too late to speak up in support of Alberta legislation to protect the conscience rights of physicians. For details on Bill 207: Conscience Rights (Health Care Providers) Protection Act (Williams), and why this issue is so significant, see my recent editorial in The Lawyer’s Daily. For background… More

Getting Serious About Conscience Rights

We need, more than ever, to get serious about conscience rights in this country. In a recent decision, the Ontario Court of Appeal denied physicians accommodation for their conscientious beliefs. An Alberta MLA (Dan Williams) with foresight could see that that decision could mark the beginning of an assault on conscience and… More

A Diverse Society? Reflections on a Tumultuous 2019 Federal Election

The 2019 Federal Election has given Canada its first minority government since 2008. After winning only 157 seats in the House of Commons, the governing Liberals under Prime Minister Trudeau must now work closely with the opposition parties to remain in power. From my observation, the closest ideologically-aligned opposition party… More

Removal of Charitable Status

US. Presidential candidate, Beto O’Rourke, is calling for the removal of religious organizations charitable status that does not support same-sex marriage. This is a strange but not unexpected development in the antipathy toward those groups with traditional teachings on marriage and who are pro-life. Unfortunately, there is considerable appetite for… More

Charter Values Are Not Charter Rights By Another Name

“Charter values are not Charter rights by another name or in a different setting; they are a different juridical concept,” wrote Justice Bradley Miller in the recent Ontario Court of Appeal’s McKitty decision. This is but the latest criticism of the controversial use of “Charter values” in Canadian jurisprudence. “Charter… More

The Revolution or the Counter-Revolution?

In a recent blogpost, Professor Hans-Martien ten Napel responds to my observation that there is a legal revolution underway against the place of religion in Western societies. He offers a thoughtful review of my dissertation and raises some interesting questions regarding the European context. In my dissertation, The Legal Revolution… More