Laws must apply to all Canadians
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