Just a short time ago Bill C-232, Yvon Godin's (NDP from Acadie-Bathurst New Brunswick) private members bill passed 3rd reading by a vote of 140-137 and is now headed to the Senate.
C-232: This enactment amends the Supreme Court Act and introduces a new requirement for judges appointed to the Supreme Court to understand English and French without the assistance of an interpreter.
So the NDP, Liberals and Bloc have passed a Bill that requires new Supreme Court Justices to speak both official languages and in doing so have effectively ruled out many otherwise well-qualified candidates, from across the country, for the high court in the process.
All I can say is Nuts!
Do we want the best legal minds for the job or do we reject them in favour of possibly mediocre legal minds only because they can speak both languages and can comply with this politically correct nonsense?
While I recognize that having anyone, including SC Justices, be able to understand both official languages would be beneficial, that requirement alone should not disqualify anyone from from the job. We are not talking about a clerk working the phones at a government office here, we are talking about the Supreme Court where impeccable legal credentials, good character and sound judgment should greatly outweigh a persons ability to speak both languages; and considering the translation services that are, and will continue to be available, it is also unnecessary.
Another thing that stinks about this Bill is that these high and mighty opposition MP's are demanding that future SC Justices have to comply with a requirement that will NEVER be imposed on MP's. Shouldn't those same demands be placed on MP's as well for all the same reasons they use to justify it for the SC? Perhaps the Bloc would like to propose that in a private members bill in the near future, but we all know that will never happen.
Political correctness is again running amok and the opposition are leading the way.
Here is how they voted.