Are Harper’s Reform Roots Showing?
January 18, 2006
Yesterday, Conservative Leader Stephen Harper told reporters that: “The reality is that we will have for some time to come a Liberal senate, a Liberal civil service, at least senior levels have been appointed by the Liberals, and courts that have been appointed by the Liberals. So these are obviously checks on the power of a Conservative government.” (CPAC, January 17, 2006)
Sun Media columnist Greg Weston today pointed out that Stephen Harper’s comments yesterday are a reminder of Reformers, who ”earnestly believed that the nation’s problems could be traced to a single horrible truth – that every corner of the federal government and the judiciary was infested with Liberal vermin imposing their agenda on the nation.”
Weston then remembers “former Canadian Alliance deep-thinker Randy White” musing about the “Liberal” judiciary.
Randy White is now retired, but conspiracy theories about Canada’s judiciary are alive and well within the Conservative Party.
Conservative Justice Critic Vic Toews told the National Pro-Life Conference on September 8, 2004, that new abortion legislation is being held back by activist judges using the Charter of Rights and Freedoms to implement their own social policy.
“The extent to which the courts have, on their own accord, stretched the cloth of their own policy initiative suggests [an] apparent policy agenda of their own,” Mr. Toews told the audience at the Winnipeg, Manitoba conference, in a speech entitled “Abuse of the Charter by the Supreme Court.”
In a 2003 interview with Concerned Women Today, a “broadcast ministry” run by Concerned Women for America (CWA), Toews discussed the judiciary’s same-sex marriage “agenda”:
“We have seen these radical liberal judges who have their own social agenda coming to the bench and forgetting that their responsibility is to interpret the law and not to make law. And so we are very, very concerned about that.”
And, on his 2003 Focus on the Family CD, Conservative candidate Darrel Reid claims hate-crime legislation has also been imposed on Canada by the judiciary:
"Can you imagine what our society has been built on, the Judeo-Christian ethic, some judge has the nerve to declare it hate literature – it's beyond our belief. And sometimes I have to shake my head that what my parents understood, what the Bible teaches me has become so obnoxious to some elites and to unelected judges in our country – I just can't believe where we're headed, unless God intervenes."
As Mr. Weston asks: “what new laws and programs, exactly, Mr. Harper, would a Conservative government implement were it not for all those bleeding-heart Liberal judges and bureaucrats you claim will be ‘limiting (your) ability to operate?’”