Skip to comments.Christie Blatchford: It's 1984 All Over Again for Ontario Lawyers Arguing Against Compelled Speech
Posted on 11/08/2017 9:51:25 PM PST by nickcarraway
Christie Blatchford: It's 1984 all over again for Ontario lawyers arguing against compelled speech
The Law Society is forcing its 58,000 members to create a mandatory statement of principles stating their obligation to promote equality, diversity and inclusion
How amusing it is that the case most cited in the current discussion (it is, I grant you, a small discussion) about the Law Society of Upper Canadas egregious foray into compelled speech is a Supreme Court of Canada number from 1984, the very title of George Orwells creepy novel about thoughtcrime.
That was a labour law case between the National Bank of Canada and the Retail Clerks International Union and the Canada Labour Relations Board.
The bank, itself a creation of a merger between the Provincial Bank and the Canadian National Bank, had closed a unionized branch and incorporated it in a non-unionized branch.
The union complained to the Canada Labour Relations Board, which found that the bank had closed the branch for anti-union reasons, infringed the Canada Labour Code and ordered various remedies.
The board ordered the bank to do a number of things enabling the union to function (such as holding meetings during working hours, having a bulletin board and the like), all of which the Supreme Court found to be reasonable.
But the board also ordered the bank to send a letter that the board drafted and which couldnt be altered, under the signature of the CEO, to all employees, and to pay the union a total of $144,000 over three years for its sins.
The court set aside both these remedies.
The proposed letter would have said the board had found the branch closure was aimed
at denying the employees
the fundamental right to bargain collectively
(Excerpt) Read more at nationalpost.com ...
It is forcing its 50,000 lawyer and 8,000 paralegal members to create and adopt a mandatory statement of principles acknowledging their obligation to promote equality, diversity and inclusion.
This is "mandatory speech". If that seems arcane, consider that "Cry uncle!" is a good paradigm.
Kiss the ring, beotches. It was always about that.
Christie Blatchford (and the Globe and Mail’s Margaret Wente): OUR Canadian last bastions of media sanity!
Mark Steyn, pick up the purple phone....
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