A Pattern of a Biased Court System?

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The recent court decision by Judge LeBlanc pertaining to language application and the paramedic’s is just another in a string of court decisions pertaining to language that has become the domain of French judges.

The list of court cases below were referenced by Katherine d’Entrement as the most important language rulings in Canada, all in favour of the Francophone positions and by Francophone judges.

Any court adjudication will be assigned to a French judge. What shall that mean for the Anglo community? More of the same of course.

The Federal government maintains a multi million dollar program to fund minority court challenges on language issues called the “Court Challenges Program”. Not for Anglos in New Brunswick. The program is administered by a French university. The program itself is blatant government discrimination against Anglophones.

So what are we, the Anglophone community, to make of this justice system or should we say injustice system?

The lack of clarity and objectivity in these decisions , all under the cloud of obvious bias is leading to an increasing skepticism by the English community.

It tells us that something is wrong. In the long term, it is not hard to envision a backlash coming, not right away but soon enough. Courts are not only supposed to be fair but “appear” to be fair.

Federal

R. v. Beaulac, [1999] 1 SCR 768

Arsenault-Cameron v. Prince Edward Island, 2000 SCC 1, [2000] 1 SCR 3

DesRochers v. Canada (Industry), 2009 SCC 8, [2009] 1 SCR 194

Société des Acadiens et Acadiennes du Nouveau-Brunswick Inc. v. Canada, 2008 SCC 15, [2008] 1 SCR 383

Provincial

Charlebois v. Mowat, 2001 NBCA 117 (CanLII)

R. v. Losier, 2011 NBCA 102 (CanLII)

R. v. McGraw, 2007 NBCA 11 (CanLII)

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