work, and it starts with ensuring that elected officials, who we serve, provide accurate information about our role, responsibilities, and obligations.
And that’s not all.
People on the street walked up to Brad, who wrote the
opinion piece, as you know, and were congratulating him for standing up to what one person described as bullies. I quote: who do these people think they are? That was the question Brad heard from a cashier at a convenience store. These remarks were clearly in my mind as I prepared this statement. Ordinary folks saw something they felt was way out of line.
This is not just my opinion. Read
see that the Speaker has condemned this, and the rule book which you often follow,
House of Commons Procedure and Practice
, says the following about this issue of privilege when it comes to speaking in the
House: “The consequences of its abuse can be
terrible. Innocent people could be slandered with no redress available to them. Reputations could be
destroyed on the basis of false rumour.”
You don’t have to look far to see th
e unfairness of the situation and the injustices of these attacks.
Canada’s highest courts have repeatedly warned
against making allegations of bias against those who swear an oath to act
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impartially and without prejudice. Mr. Justice Côté summarized the opinions of other judges across