Again, I agree with the crux of the argument put forward against perpetuating these so-called rights. These are, however, purely moral arguments for equality. They are not legal or constitutional arguments.
Saturday, 20 October 2012
While I am firmly on the record as opposing the continuation of special denominational rights for Ontario's Catholics, I am deeply troubled by some of the arguments being made by those attempting to overturn the status quo via the courts. I applaud Reva Landau and the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA) for bringing attention to the issue, the forum is entirely inappropriate.
On TVO's The Agenda, constitutional scholar Peter Russell makes the case that the recent prorogation of the Ontario legislature by out-going premier Dalton McGuinty was illegitimate and that the manner in which he terminated the current session of parliament violated basic practices and conventions around the use of what is, when used correctly, a legitimate tool of parliamentary governance. Russell criticizes the move on the grounds that it violates basic principles of Canada's constitution, namely responsible government.