Beverley McLachlin

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin #

Few figures in the pantheon of the Canadian judges’ trade union have a more formidable reputation than Beverley McLauchlin - brilliance at the law, steadfast vocal adherence to legal principles, - perhaps not quite so keen on the noble virtues of truth or Justice, rising to dizzying heights in the service of the Judiciary.

My first introduction to former Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin were her comments at the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) annual meeting in Saskatoon in Aug 18, 2013. The meeting claimed the most pressing challenge facing the administration of justice in this country was ensuring that Canadians are able to access the system, calling for more federal funding for civil legal aid; not any internal issues of rogue Judges delivering implausible findings.

Astutely acknowledging the pain associated with legal procedures, McLachlin, misdiagnoses its causes, indifferently deflecting the blame to a lack of public funding, rather than to poor judicial processes and arbitrary decision making.

Later, I found several puff interviews posted on the CBC website. It’s amazing what the fear of losing funding can do to tame a gelded public broadcaster. As a Judge she came across as personable, warm and intelligent.

I followed her career with personal interest from then.

After lodging a deeply disturbing complaint to the CJC. all I received in March 2015, was a short letter to the Judge concerned, thanking her profusely for her letters defending her unsubstantiated determinations.

Despite the fact that:

“The Canadian Judicial Council is mandated to review “any complaint or allegation” against a superior court judge and respond to all complainants.”

I have never received a meaningful response to my complaint. I do feel aggrieved. The CJC defiantly flicks the bird at our parliamentary representatives. Evil thrives in silence. Her failure to respond is an unacceptable violation of my guaranteed civil right and contrary to the fundamental requirements of a 1971 Mandatory Statute of Parliament.

Pierre Trudeau’s attempted reform of the Judges Act worked for some 35 years, but foundered after some judges decided to hi-jack the agenda and rule by the seat of their prerogative pants. That craven politicians countenance this mindset, indicates a lack of spine to hold judges, on all benches, to acceptable consistent uniform standards, or to account for their brazen contumely, is in stark contrast to that of her predecessor, Brian Dickson.

Canada is either a country bound by the rule of law or we’re not. The CJC’s refusal to respond, attests, we’re not; rather one of judicial implacable privilege.

I recall sending Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, many emails respectfully pleading with her for a response. I am just so happy now, I didn’t hold my breath!

Canada’s parliamentarians, at provincial and national levels offer a complete lack of accountability for judges’ mismanagement of evidence. Long live distortion, casuistry, chicanery - anything masquerading as judicial discretionary privilege, is unquestioningly supported by utter impunity. However if you display any signs of being an actual human being, like, Justices Lori Douglas, Frank Newbould, Graeme Mitchell, or Russell Brown, the CJC will act adversely with alacrity. Vastly more important is what Judges do in the court room to maintain their legitimacy and our respect for the delivery of Justice.

Most liberal countries resemble an oligarchy, rather than a democracy. In an illusory democracy, our protests fall on deaf ears. Because of its elevated status, obvious failures of the judiciary are not widely acknowledged or corrected.

My most difficult quandary is to determine which of Shakespeare’s tragic heroes McLachlin resembles – Macbeth or Julius Caesar. All three begin strongly with illustrous, stellar promise, but succumb to an insatiable lust for power and dominance, failing to comprehend any internal sense of limitation that real people have.

Actually she aligns with Lady Macbeth’s advice: “look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it” and the assertion:

“ What need we fear …., when none can call our power to account?

As Abraham Lincoln said:

“If you want to test someone’s character; give them power.”

I believe democracy fails, when authorities fail that character test. Democracy’s foundational values assume we are all equal and that it favors the many instead of the few.

Correspondence to Beverley McLachlin #

An abridged version of my last appeal before she retired:

November, 14th 2017 The Honourable Beverly McLachlin

With due respect, I feel my submissions to the CJC have all been treated with callous disregard.

As a result, my faith in the Canadian Justice system is being severely tested

High handed decision making ultimately diminishes our faith, confidence and trust in officialdom, undermining the very credibility, authority and legitimacy of the entire system by a denial of mutual respect.

Other cases have also caused me deep concern about the independence and integrity of Manitoba’s Queen’s Bench.

The Hoffman Heinrichs was case adjudicated by Justice Greenberg in 2012. It appears to have been determined by an ulterior non-factual agenda based on mystical subjective and summary conclusions. Reasons for decisions should be evidenced, including indicating where they are based on questionable inferential judgments.

Not only did the six day court case find against all the solid evidence, the subsequent Appeal compounded the miscarriage of justice with Ozymandian claims based on four factually unfounded premises. That is quite an achievement!

To appropriate Oscar Wilde, to get one finding wrong may be unfortunate, two - careless, three – negligent, but all four appears perverse.

Yet all attempts to have these decisions held to account failed. The Canadian Judicial Council displays its Kafkaesque power by simply ignoring my inherent rights as a Canadian citizen and taxpayer to a meaningful response.

Norman Sabourin’s most practiced skill appears to be an alacrity in closing files.

File: 14-0393 does need further attention, lest it prove damaging to your otherwise exemplary legacy.

It would be a shame for Beverly McLachlin to have to suffer with Macbeth’s;

my way of life
Is fall’n into the sear, the yellow leaf;
And that which should accompany old age,
As honour, love, obedience, troops of friends,
I must not look to have; but, in their stead,
Curses, not loud but deep, mouth-honour,..

Before you retire could you please reconsider re-opening File: 14-0393
I would appreciate a personal response with cogent reasons if not.

With respect,

Charles Klassen 885/22 Jane Bell Lane, Melbourne, Vic. 3000 Australia

Copies to:

The Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau
The Honourable Jody Wilson -Raybould
The Honourable Justice Minister Heather Stefanson

One could expect the courtesy of a reply - but only if one were politically naive. As a serial plaintiff of authorities, who I believe are derelict in their public duty, in most cases, I generally do receive courteous, if perfunctory, replies. I believe as a Canadian citizen and taxpayer, I am worthy of my legal entitlement.

According to a quote by Deakin Law Review, attributed to Chief Justice McLachlin in 2003:

In the darkness of secrecy, sinister interest and evil in every shape have full swing. Only in proportion as publicity has place can any of the checks applicable to judicial injustice operate. Where there is no publicity there is no justice. Publicity is the very soul of justice. (Bentham) It is the keenest spur to exertion and the surest of all guards against improbity. It keeps the judge himself while trying under trial.

A banality of evil posturing, conducted without the slightest sense of irony.

Public disquiet over any alleged secrecy is often much greater than the anger at the actual offence itself.

There can be no doubt about McLachlin’s pre-eminent status as an exemplary Justice, however my fundamental concerns remain that as Chief Justice, she had a higher calling to maintain consistency and uniformity in the delivery of justice on her watch. The Chief Justice seems unable to distinguish between her profession’s and the public interest. Due to lack of enforcement, some judges abused inferential privilege with impuniy, with the CJC becoming a toothless tiger.

It defies common sense to think that someone of McLachlin’s evident legal calibre was ignorant of her basic duty of providing transparency through truth and response. Any unlawful shirking of duty is a breach of trust. The fairness and transparency of our justice system underpins our whole democratic society. McLachlin displays an arrogance and selfishness that foreshadowed creeping authoritarianism now apparent in America with Donald Trump and Trumpism. As the Washington Post’s logo reads: “Democracy dies in darkness.”

Some feel as if the ability to flout the law, while claiming to defend or personify it, is the sole true measure of their prowess. What I don’t hear is anybody calling it for what it appears … a defiant breach of the CJC’s charter, constituting an abuse of privilege and power.

It should be patently clear to all, that Canada has become a judicially flawed system; a threat to social cohesion.

Judges, like Greenberg, are expected to act in a respectful manner and refrain from making decisions based on unfounded evidence that discredits, undermines or compromises the integrity of the entire judicial system. Her forensic skills appear of almost unparalleled shallowness. The CJC’s inaction on this case emboldened Greenberg to inflict more damage on the flawed Canadian judiciary in at least two more cases, Jason Hyra 2016, and Frank Owstroski, 2018. Yet our hapless parliamentarians stand by unperplexed.

Her judgements seem a pattern of misguided presumptions, open to fantastical interpretation, aberrant decision making, which magically transformed our well documented family narratives into paranoiac conspiracy theories.

Then we were expected to accept The Appeals Court’s wooden proclamations, in which the real and the unreal become hopelessly intertwined.

Jonathan Kroft, challenging a Manitoba Appeals Court decision claims

“The public right to learn about its justice system has long been recognized as a key element of the democratic system in Canada and a core element of freedom of expression, but unfortunately, ambiguities in our rules of procedure and appeal rights have made it difficult or cost-prohibitive for the public to actually enforce their rights.”

We can’t simply shrug about a province with a sordid history of political corruption, condoned by a justice system that seems inured to scandal.

It would take some serious compelling arguments to convince me that this defiance to the rule of law by the Canadian Chief Justice does not constitute a shameful affront to all Canadians. McLachlin failed to uphold the judges, under her watch, to traditional legal imperatives of sound reasoning based on founded evidence. This caused significant reputational damage to, what should be our most prestigious institution, which should be of concern to all politicians, who need to recognise that judicial accountability is the highest priority required to restore trust.

If this doesn’t alarm you, then presumably nothing will. This demonstrates how the judiciary is allowed to debauch the Canadian Judicial system in a way that surpasses even the excesses of Trumps’s grab for power.

New appointees, inheriting cumulative unresolved problems, must actively undo harms done by their predessesors. In this case, the former Chief Justice failed to uphold the law, legislated by parliament. In my opinion, this is extreme professional negligence, left for someone else to deal with.

The blatantly obvious hostility to transparency in the way the CJC uses its power to fob off complaints about evidentiary mismanagement leaves unanswered questions about whether it is going hard enough against deliberately erring judges. How Judges perform in their court rooms is much more important than their activities in their private time, yet in the cases of Justices Lori Douglass, Frank Newbould, Graeme Mitchell, or Russell Brown, the CJC acted on appearance rather than reality. The courts are not about justice or truth so much as a chilling lesson in untrammelled power: who wields it, to what end and, not least, at whose expense.

McLachlin’s refusal to respond indicates a defiant lack of transparency, and above all, accountability.

It is essential, for democracy, to hold the powerful and influential to account.

There is mounting evidence that McLachlin took Canada’s court system in much the same direction as the American one, resulting in a collapse of social trust, due to some justices recklessly contributing to the growing disrespect for the Court as an institution. That disrespect stems in part from ethical scandals but in part, too, from the vast gulf between this Court’s substantive understanding of the delicate checks and balances required by the Westminster System, as well as its approach to the task of judging from evidence, and the vision of values shared by the great majority of its citizens. (Laurence H Tribe)

Those genuinely concerned with the truth and addressing institutional integrity, are acutely aware of how vital evidentiary management is to trust, and to the reputation of the entire Judicial System. All parliamentarians are morally and ethically culpable, due to their failure to enforce their own laws.

When judges become purposeful gulls of the extraordinary webs of lies of serial liars and fabricators of evidence spun by witnesses, it turns the court into a willing lie-laundering institute. Airy claims and baseless assertions should not lead reasonable people to unfounded conclusions, flying the in face of contrary primary material evidence.

It is a basic moral tenet and enduring concept in legal systems that what a judge does on the bench with evidence, is the most critical factor in assessing their performance, affecting our faith, confidence and respect for the institution.

All government authorities are charged with the collective responsibility of maintaining the integrity, credibility and authority of the Justice System.

I wonder how a Judicial system can have strayed so far from its original values and purpose.

We need to reclaim our inherent, inalienable, and inviolable right to an equitable and honourable court system conducted with procedural fairness to regain the trust of the people.

The modern idea of a national conscience is tied to our self - image. Canada reigns supreme in many areas, however this image is fragile and in danger by any and all self-serving institutions who value their own interests above that of the public interest. Each nation faces an urgent need for the government of the day to demonstrate the will and spine to corral and rein in its irresponsible bureaucrats. Tyranny lurks just under the veneer of decency.

As Jeannie Suk Gersen writes;

“rights can unfold and expand, however, they can also retract and constrict in breathtaking ways, pursuing a particular strain of logic one case at a time.”

There appears a phenomenon that some Judges have become so a stratospherically entitled - so remotely removed from their formative roots that they are wholly innocent of any knowledge of what Justice is all about.

Do Judicial officials have to abide by the laws of parliament? In Canada, obviously not.

Legally speaking, requiring public servants to comply with statutary laws, sounds like a fairly modest exercise of that authority.

Under her watch the CJC flagrantly violated its mandatory statutes on open Justice with a number of secrecy offences due to failures of full disclosure in the public interest. Enforcing the law is harder than it might seem, when those commissioned to enforce it, display contempt for it.

Yet all governments seem so bereft of statutory enforcement, in terms of judicial standards.

As Noam Chomsky tell us:

There is no point in speaking truth to power; it already knows the truth and is busy concealing it. Therefore, it is more important to speak to the oppressed.

Perhaps that is why right wing politicians get their traction.

Beverley McLachlin’s failure to respond represents just one more instance of abject systemic failures of accountability. It’s a stark illustration of how power works in Canada. All attempts, through at least five Ministers of Justice, the Premier and the Prime Minister, failed to hold anyone to account.

Human rights for every individual, is a nuisance to those in power.

John le Carré writes,

“Secrecy keeps mistakes secret, secrecy is a disease. It causes a hardening of the arteries of the mind.”

Self-awareness in short supply when Judges defy Parliament’s statutory mandates with utter impunity.

McLachlin appears to embody in stark and indefensible terms, incremental unentitled privilege of unconsciously power-hungry people in high office. As Nietzche illustrated, the urge for ascendancy and supremacy of the Will to Power incipiently and insidiously seduces us. True, sapient, leadership is about earning respect; not subjectively and arbitrarily wielding unchecked authority. Maintaining public confidence through judicial integrity is the highest order of the state.

Powerful and sensitive weapons need to be handled with extreme care if they are not to harm the user as well as the intended victim. Judicial prerogatives are powerful and sensitive weapons.

In any democratic system, the courts must always be the trusted ultimate arbiters, which is why they hold such an eminent position in society. Once they betray that trust, they shred their own authority, respect and legitimacy.

Trust detriment, through poor decision making, reflects organisational cultures that do not focus on public interests. Such cultures promote short-term, small time power assertions, over longer-term public faith. Senior leaders, lacking willingness to tackle the cultural and systemic problems, undermine public faith, contributing to a lack of public confidence and trust in the entire system.

This represents a systemic, co-ordinated evasion of accountability. We need to be aware of creeping authoritarianism, to ensure democratic freedoms apply to everyone. If they don’t, they’ll soon apply to no one.

How do we force our leaders to lead and shoulder the responsibility that comes with high office? Letters, emails, requests for meetings, all are ignored or palmed off by staffers who see their role as gatekeepers, rather than facilitators of democratic debate. Lobbyists and special interest groups have exclusive access, but the public has none.

Trump connects with those who feel that the political elite and the mainstream media are ignoring their concerns. Canadian protestors had a similar message.

The 2008, GLOBAL INTEGRITY report gave Canada’s judicary a 30% mark, noting that:

“there is no accountability at all on the part of any judges in Canada because of a complaints’ process in which judges judge other judges. The Government accountability watchdog agencies have a weak enforcement record”.

The judicial watch dog regulator, in dismissing thousands of serious incident reports regarding deliberate mismanagement of evidence, without proper assessments, results in serious risk to judicial authority. Condoning judges brazenly perverting the delivery of justice means the CJC isn’t doing its job properly – and that is failing vulnerable people - everybody loses.

Despite many international monitoring bodies recommending stronger regulatory enforcement, the Canadian government, walked away from any meaningful and effective action.

For the self funded Innocence Canada to expose more than ninety wrongful convictions under McLachlin’s watch, fails to impress. It remains ineluctable evidence of judicial failure. It appears an act that speaks, at best, of catastrophic negligence. How many more perverse court cases were ignored to the detriment of Canada’s image?

Government inaction on this issue is unconscionable.

No wonder Transparency International, in 2022 and 2023, continues to downgrade Canada’s position on its global index to highlight the need for countries to improve checks and balances through strong integrity institutions and to uphold people’s rights to hold those in power to account.

Did no one forsee the fact that McLachlin’s 1992 marriage to Frank McArdle, a lawyer and executive director of the Canadian Superior Courts Judges Association, could constitute a conflict of interest? Was this a factor in what appears a conscious decision by judicial officials to not comply with a parliamentary statute?

Is this the reason for the CJC’s desultory, timid and ineffectual modus operandi?

The time honoured phrase that “Justice should be not only be done but seen to be done” needs constant repetition to remind Judges to discharge their duty to the community by fair and honourable means.

Dean Rostow’s conception of the judge’s role. The law,

“is the central institution of a changing society”; “the proponent and protector of values which are premises, goals, needs, and ambitions of our culture, as they have been expressed in our living constitution.”

However, in order for the courts to be respected, they are instituted to protect us from dangerous people for the common good and to resolve family disputes fairly and equitably to avoid future strife. In this they appear to be manifestly and demonstrably failing.

Brendan Behan claimed:

There is no situation so bad, the intervention of the law cannot make it worse

Prolonged disasters occur in authoritarian systems that lack institutional capacities to self-correct.

In a free society any person is entitled to criticise the conduct of the courts or of a judge. The courts cannot be and are not immune from criticism which may extend to robust observations of a particular decision or how it was determined.

Linda Greenhouse of the New York Review questions how should we think about the Court today—its extraordinary power, the agenda of its new conservative supermajority, its place in a democracy suddenly turned fragile?

Canada previously enjoyed a high reputational jurisdictional status, due in part, to the illustrious career of Brian Dickson who recognised judicial limits.

Dickson’s essence was his sense of limits and equilibrium; McLachlin’s was the absence of measure and rejection of judicial restraint. Dickson acknowledged the court’s duty to serve, while McLachlin asserted its supremacy over servile Parliamentarians.

The reputational status of the talismanic Brian Dickson remains secure, while McLachlin’s is likely to fade into global disgrace.

However, wrong doing by authorities, must be called out for what they are, a contempt of democracy. All Public Servants are there to serve the public; not flaunt their awesome bulwark power.

McLachlin could listen to 17th century British historian, Thomas Fuller, whose commentary ‘Be ye ever so high, the law is above you’

Junot Diaz noted: “Eventually the past finds you. As for so many in positions of power, the moment to reckon with the consequences of past behaviour eventually arrives”.

Consider the legacy of Beverley McLachlin. It is my considered view that under her watch, a sclerotic culture, emptied of its essential identity, its central idea, its core purpose, slowly evolved, perhaps unintentionally. Her motto of “Conscious Objectivity” morphed into a sacred creed of a unanimous front of arbitrary, subjective and collegial decision making.

Albert Camus admires intelligence, but distinguishes between “intelligent intelligence” and “stupid intelligence”.

Intelligence is stupid when it is uses eristic or legalistic tricks. Intelligent intelligence is ethically serious – but not necessarily earnest.

Justice Greenberg represents a paradigm shift, insidiously detrimental to society; sophisms - subtle, tricky, superficially plausible, but generally fallacious methods of reasoning, became tacitly accepted and publically defended. The concentrated power invested in whimsical decision making, spells hubris, fomenting skewed judgments. When determinations are based on complete falsehoods, wilful misunderstandings, and deliberate misconceptulations, disregarding material evidence, irreparable reputational damage infects the entire institution.

As a recidivist - a serial offender, Justice Greenberg has caused deep pain and suffering to many hapless victims that needs greater scrutiny. The Jason Hyra and Frank Ostrowski cases are two, of what could be many others, providing grounds for investigations into possible impeachment.

The greatest damage Beverley McLachlin’s legacy perpetrated, secured intellectual autonomy for Judges. This attempt to legitimise capricious judgments become increasingly justified by personal subjective interpretations, eroding respect for all judges, corroding and corrupting our democracy.

Has the McLachlin era’s legacy of unaccountability utterly dissolved judge’s capacity to separate truth from unreality? Did it so lower standards of judicial integrity — so erode public expectations of truth and transparency — that it breached that unholy point of no return, consigning us, unfathomably, to an eternity in McLachlin’s depraved new world?

Perhaps not all the blame for Canada’s current crises of disrespect of authorities can be apportioned to Beverley McLachlin, but her attack on the high court of Parliament led a judicial coup d’etat” (against democracy – the power of the people).

McLachlin opened the sluice gates of evidentiary mismanagement, licencing Judges to apply the law as they see fit, guided by their soloistic views, which would be laundered into objectivity by imagining how those views were best magnified by the Charter. The result was still “the law, eternal, majestic.” (1)

As Schopenhauer puts it —

“every generation mistakes the limits of its own field of vision for the limits of the world”.

But what McLachlin fails to see is that she merely took us back to times when Judges were fully entitled to rely on subjective inferences with judicial prerogatives of arbitrary decision-making. The problem is that the general population has moved on, expecting rational, logical processes, based on palpable, rigorously tested, evidence.

Due to self interest she used her personal capital to assert moral exemption for the judiciary, condoning dubious judicial independence, morphing into impunity.

Leaders who suffer from ADD - attention deprivation disorder, have good reason to attempt to justify their legacies, considering the amount of compromises they make to gain and maintain power. McLachlin may be intellectually brilliant but appears completely self-regarding; a narcissist’s craving for recognition and outward success. Some attempt to curate their baneful reputations by writing books or opinion pieces for the media. It appears a lot of effort is being expended on polishing a burnished image.

Her media appearances can be seen as pieces of hypocritical peacockery, a visible demonstration of an inability to distinguish between narcissistic ramblings and authentic memoir.

We should be wary of idealized images of any self- promoting officials.

Paul Keating contends: “Anyone who’s any good never writes about themselves.”

Our capacity for self-deception can be revealed by glamourized memoirs. Joan Didion claims we can have difficulty distinguishing between what happened and what merely might have happened.

Even Supreme Court Judges can take themselves a bit too seriously.

Unfortunately contamination from her radioactive term spread far and wide to lower ranks, adversely affecting her attempts to secure her legacy.

Increased public disrepect of all officials is obvious in various protests, attacks on politicians of all political persuasion, the police and even judges. Rectification, can only happen with restored humility and integrity.

Unchecked self-aggrandizement can lead to the point of reckless irresponsibility.

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For The Toronto Globe and Mail, recently to risk its credibility and reputation, featuring a condescending, smug complacent opinion piece from the former Chief Justice of Canada, expressing her negative opinion of the protestors, appears contemptuous of public expression, further endangering the chance of objective court cases.

But McLachlin has her cheer leaders from Canada’s “Deep State”; provincial power brokers such as “the Laurentian elite”, the well-connected upper-middle classes from Toronto up the St Lawrence River to Montreal and Quebec, who beneath the outward appearance of legitimate government and accountable officials, often lurk hidden agendas, institutions seeking to seize control of the nation for their own ends. Unfettered by legal norms and unworried by public opinion, they answer to no one.

I do wonder if the effusive, fawning, obsessive way she is written about by serious analysts will seem a bit embarrassing when her perfunctory oversight of fellow judges become more evident.

John Ralston Saul described her as “the most beautiful disguise for a steel trap mind that he’d ever seen.”

Could I respectfully suggest that during her stouches with Harper, that steel trap mind snapped shut, and no one has be able to prise it open since?

Adrienne Clarkson reveals that she is the only Chief Justice who knows how to deliver a calf in Pincher Creek - impressive, but hardly the attributes required of a Chief Justice to keep a phalanx of precious prickly judges, protective of their liberal discretionary privilege in line. Bias, perceptions of bias, deviant judges veering from orthodox legal method, ignoring the fundamental, inherent guiding principles in all judicial arbitrating; public office demands public trust for the public good. Just because McLachlin was a brilliant lawyer and Judge, was she an effective Chief Justice?

A measure is surely the need for mushrooming crowd funded organisations advocating for justice, indicating that the CJC has failed its primary and fundamental duty to the profession, and ethical responsibility to the community, to foster our respect for justice.

Any court’s legal adventurism imposes horrendous costs on the country, not just by eroding trust, but people deciding to engage in covert vigilantism. Some decisions are, to use a nonlegal term, simply nuts.

Dyson Heydon acknowledges the threat of “the enemy within”. Judges who advocate or choose the course of concealment rather than revelation constitute the most insidious of threats to judicial independence,

It remains my considered contention that under McLachlin’s rule, revealing patterns, visible only in the long view, resulted in serious damage to the public’s perception of our justice system. Her failure to curb discretionary abuse of evidence and arbitrary decision making were gravely unorthodox, concerning impartiality. It marked a clear deviation from former Chief Justice Brian Dickson’s creed of following the rule of the law of statutes.

In not responding to complaints, clearly not all humans were, in MacLachlin’s view, entitled to basic rights. Some are more equal than others.

Judicial incompetence is more often a product of personality characteristics than of intellectual shortcomings. A test of character is to give someone POWER. A lttle bit just whetting its appetite for a bigger feast. This must, as they say in court, go to character - or lack thereof. The American Supreme Court is presently engaged in flexing its muscle, simply to demonstrate no one can stop them.

The authoritarian structure of the judicial bubble culture makes it prone to particular types of personality characteristics; a need for collegial approval, being deaf to unwelcome information, an inclination to internal codes of acceptable behaviour, an insatiable desire for peer admiration, an egomaniacal fixation on power, with its equally devouring urge for unaccountable power and positions of dominance through legalistic chicanery and delusional, narcissistic, charlatanism, rather than public interest Justice.

You could say much the same for most professions where the great danger to democracy in the 21st century, is the work of men and women who have no sense of shame, decency or public duty. The higher-ups rarely checked judicial malpractice. Instead, over and again, they gave it the full force of law — sustaining more injustice still.

As the American Supreme Court repeatedly shows, some Judges are anti-democratic. Most of its decisions are appropriately cringe-worthy indications of a system long tainted by ideological, self-protective, pack, dynamics.

Public servants fail us when they shamelessly shrug off their vowed oaths of office. The good guys must stand up to the baddies to protect the reputation of the entire profession. In this, I believe McLachlin spectacularly failed the citizens of Canada. But then we are increasingly living in an “age of impunity”. Without deterring consequences, we can not expect to rebuild respect for what should be our most prestigious institution.

Why are Canadians so apathetic about the denial of Justice to vulnerable people due to institutional failings? Why are our politicians so unambitious? Why does true Justice have to be self-funded?

The growing public awareness of declining judicial standards, leaves a deepening stain on Canada’s image around the world.

Margaret Atwood is conscious of the infinite slipperiness of historical truth, the flawed and partial and frequently misleading nature of what the world calls “evidence.” Atwood advocates that all of us have a voice to be used to call out injustices.

Just because something is, doesn’t mean it should always be.

What’s indefensible is a political class that believes nothing better is possible — a class that benefits from enmity without realizing that the damage from it is corrosive, and possibly irreversible. Michael Ignatieff, a former leader of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Has Canada given up living up to its ideals?

We need leaders willing to act decisively with decency and integrity — and in the absence of entitlement.

Clarkson further contends that McLachlin is known to everyone in Pincer Creek, indicating she is one of us.

She may have been, but as Brutus so ably points out regarding Caesar:

The abuse of greatness is, when it disjoins
Remorse from power:
………………….But ’tis a common proof,
That lowliness is young ambition’s ladder,
Whereto the climber-upward turns his face;
But when he once attains the upmost round.
He then unto the ladder turns his back,
Looks in the clouds, scorning the base degrees
By which he did ascend.

Perhaps more apt is the sentiment echoed by Isabella in Measure for Measure:

Oh it is excellent
To have a giant’s strength, but it is tyrannous
To use it like a giant.’

A more prosaic version goes: “The working class can kiss my ass, I’ve got a government job at last.”

Mark Twain too, felt that no one was too grand to be satirized.

“Irreverence, is the champion of liberty and its only sure defence.” Even if this led to the newspapers laughing “one good king to death,” it was a small price to pay if they also “laugh a thousand cruel and infamous shams and superstitions into the grave.”

That’s what insatiable power can do to us; make us hapless pawns, manipulated by egomaniacal narcissistic seduction; a primordial, parasitic power some find difficult to resist. All institutions gravitate to dystrophy, without strong moral leadership.

Shakespeare obviously suffered an obsessive compulsive condition as most of his plays are fixated on order, subverted by the folly of pompous pretentions of vaunted powermongers. Without the benefit of modern sedation, he just couldn’t stop ranting.

Hamlet too, rails against; “The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely, the law’s delay, The insolence of office and the spurns That patient merit of the unworthy takes, …

We, underlings, are dispensable and just expected to patiently and fawningly bow and scrap and stoically accept our miserable unworthy lot.

Shakespeare’s patterns of advocacy of Good Governance; what constituted good order, and the consequences of bad leadership, was illustrated by articulate dialogue and good theatre. Good leaders, like Henry V, display quiet self assurance, firm decisive and resolute action, balanced by humility. Canada’s equivalents were undoubtedly, Lester B. Pearson and Brian Dickson.

Has Beverley McLachlin, in a desperate Faustian pact, agreed to serve the CCP as a Court of Appeals judge in Hong Kong, giving it the imprimatur of respectability, tacitly legitimising Xi Jinping’s crushing of democracy?

The Australian representative, NSW’s former Chief Justice, Jim Spigelman, left Hong Kong after one year. He claimed “What matters most are the facts”, recognising that the public want a legal system “dedicated to the search for truth”.

No wonder she doesn’t support protesters.

Protesters only risk their lives when all other forms of appeals fail. Without protesters, Canada would still be a colonial outpost of Britain, instead of replicating America.

(1) adapted from Conrad Black.