Laws must ap­ply to all Cana­di­ans

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - EDITORIAL -

We may not like a law in our coun­try, nor may we agree with how it is ap­plied but it is the law of the land as set out by our elected par­lia­men­tar­i­ans whose job it is to ex­am­ine laws care­fully and pass them for the com­mon good.

Fre­quently in the past care­ful con­sid­er­a­tion has been ne­glected and laws have been passed based on voter ap­peal while ig­nor­ing the con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity of the law it­self.

When that un­con­sti­tu­tion­al­ity has been chal­lenged and proven the laws have been struck down, as in­deed they should be, by the Supreme Court. The job of a court – at all lev­els – is to then in­ter­pret and ap­ply those laws deemed con­sti­tu­tion­ally sound. Our per­sonal sense of jus­tice or moral view has noth­ing to do with the law or its ap­pli­ca­tion. And those laws can­not be ap­plied dis­crim­i­nately but must ap­ply to all Cana­di­ans. At­tempts to politi­cize judg­ments and ap­pli­ca­tions from any side – left, right or if it still ex­ists mid­dle ground – are hypocrisy at its high­est and noth­ing more than po­lit­i­cal pan­der­ing.

Par­lia­men­tar­i­ans – past and present – made the laws, the courts have ap­proved, in­ter­preted and ap­plied them. That is our demo­cratic sys­tem. We may not like it how­ever some day we may find that we have need of the pro­tec­tion of that same law and may be the ben­e­fi­ciary of that in­ter­pre­ta­tion and ap­pli­ca­tion.

Will Hobbs, Char­lot­te­town

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