attorney general

  • Ontario needs another Leslie Frost, not another Caroline Mulroney

    Jun 24, 2019

    There were lots of reasons to fire Caroline Mulroney. So very, very many reasons. Mulroney, Ontario’s former attorney general, provided cover for Premier Doug Ford when he unnecessarily invoked the Charter’s notwithstanding clause in a petty fight over the size of Toronto’s city council. Even when Ford undermined the judicial process, asking why unelected judges should prevail over the will of the majority, Mulroney bobbled in agreement instead of acting as a champion for the rule of law and due process.

  • The judicial system can’t withstand political interference

    May 27, 2019

    The Canadian justice system is one of the pillars that supports our democracy. The rule of law gives people a legal recourse to hold those in power to account.

  • The carbon tax - Waiting for peace, order and good government

    May 20, 2019

    The Saskatchewan Court of Appeal found the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act constitutional. The court also proclaimed that climate change caused by anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions is one of the great existential issues of our time.

  • Rough start for remediation agreements

    Rough start for remediation agreements

    Apr 30, 2019

    The proper use of newly minted remediation agreements was always going to be a judgment call. Now it appears judgment may have been seriously lacking in what would have been the very first application of a new Criminal Code amendment allowing corporations to avoid prosecution.

  • The ban on surreptitiously recording conversations must apply to all lawyers

    Apr 8, 2019

    Under Section 7.2(3) of the B.C. Code of Professional Conduct, a lawyer is prohibited from using any device to record a conversation between the lawyer and a client or another lawyer even if lawful, without first informing the other person of the intention to do so. The language is virtually identical for lawyers in Ontario and other provinces and a breach of this rule is a breach of a lawyer’s ethical duties and could conceivably lead to a fine, or in very extreme cases, suspension or disbarment.

  • The legality and morality of covert phone-call-recording

    Apr 8, 2019

    Just because there is not a law prohibiting an act does not make that act right or moral. Criminality should not and cannot represent the line of propriety in politics. A defence that no law was broken is usually the last line of defence for the morally bankrupt. So the real question is if Wilson-Raybould’s actions were moral? Was taping the conversation the right thing to do?

  • SNC-Lavalin affair raises the issue of the role of former judges

    Mar 25, 2019

    The SNC-Lavalin scandal has proven to be an insatiable beast with tentacles reaching deep into the political and legal worlds — perhaps even as far as the Supreme Court of Canada.

  • Gerald Butts' quarrel with Jody Wilson-Raybould's evidence falls short

    Mar 11, 2019

    Gerald Butts came to the justice committee not to bury Canada’s former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould but to praise her. He told the committee that he was not going to “quarrel” with Wilson-Raybould’s evidence and pledged not to say a “single negative word about her.” And then he did just that.

  • Attempts to obstruct were 'persistent and pernicious and willful', says former Conservative AG

    Attempts to obstruct were 'persistent and pernicious and willful', says former Conservative AG

    Feb 28, 2019

    Testifying in front of a parliamentary committee Wednesday, former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould described the alleged attempts by the prime minister’s office to interfere in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin as “inappropriate but not illegal.” Testifying in front of a parliamentary committee Wednesday, former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould described the alleged attempts by the prime minister’s office to interfere in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin as “inappropriate but not illegal.”

  • SNC-Lavalin, Wilson-Raybould and a sad state of affairs

    Feb 25, 2019

    We don’t know what actually happened to create such a tsunami of uninformed accusations, but it is time to stop, take a breath and end the careless accusations that are damaging institutions and individuals.

  • The real scandal in the SNC-Lavalin affair

    Feb 25, 2019

    Last week, Clerk of the Privy Council Michael Wernick delivered some jaw-dropping evidence at the House of Commons Committee on Justice and Human Rights hearing into allegations that inappropriate political pressure was directed at former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to cut SNC-Lavalin a sweetheart deal.

  • What constitutes privilege when you're the attorney general?

    What constitutes privilege when you're the attorney general?

    Feb 15, 2019

    Not every communication made between a lawyer and their client is subject to solicitor-client privilege — only legal advice is covered, and when it comes to the alleged pressure the Prime Minister’s Office may have put on former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould to not prosecute SNC-Lavalin, that would not necessarily be privileged, ethics lawyers say.

  • CBA passes motion defining diversity at AGM

    CBA passes motion defining diversity at AGM

    Feb 12, 2019

    The Canadian Bar Association passed a motion at its annual general meeting defining diversity after a multi-year consultation.

  • SNC-Lavalin controversy could contain key to Wilson-Raybould's shortcomings

    Feb 11, 2019

    Maybe I was wrong all along. Maybe Jody Wilson-Raybould, Canada’s former Minister of Justice and Attorney General, was honestly trying to follow through on the government’s progressive pre-election justice promises.

  • New federal justice minister was law prof

    New federal justice minister was law prof

    Jan 14, 2019

    In Monday morning’s Cabinet shuffle, prime minister Justin Trudeau appointed David Lametti, MP for the Montreal riding of LaSalle–Émard–Verdun, as the new federal justice minister and Attorney General, replacing Jody Wilson-Raybould, who was shuffled to Veterans Affairs.

  • Among Premier's influencers and the AG's true role, Mulroney is absent

    Sep 24, 2018

    In the end, Ontario Attorney General Caroline Mulroney may have prevailed in the Court of Appeal, but she certainly has nothing to celebrate.

  • Influence beyond partisanship: Our Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers

    Aug 7, 2018

    As I read feedback from our voters, I was also closely following the news of the confirmation debates in the United States

  • After Danforth shooting, no solutions just political theatre

    Aug 7, 2018

    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.

  • AG Mulroney's big debut is a throwback fail

    Jul 16, 2018

    Ontario’s new Attorney General Caroline Mulroney is going to face a steep learning curve when it comes to criminal justice issues.

  • Will new Ontario AG Caroline Mulroney address inefficiencies in legal system?

    Will new Ontario AG Caroline Mulroney address inefficiencies in legal system?

    Jul 3, 2018

    Caroline Mulroney was appointed Ontario’s attorney general June 29 and some lawyers say they’ll be watching for her to examine the inefficiencies of the legal system — and they are divided on how she could fix it.