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Scott Newark

Executive director, Canadian Police Association, lawyer, former Crown prosecuter


Anything effective in law enforcement will inevitably be forbidden under the Charter [the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms]. As we always say, the charter helps only murderers, pedophiles and judges. This year the Supreme Court decreed, on the authority of the Charter, that the provinces must give their judges pay raises.

Jan. 19, 1998 - quoted in "The makings of a counter-revolution", an essay in Alberta Report
[Judicial activism and judge-made law] What we have now in Canada is a supposedly enlightened despotism--rule by people who think they know so much better than everybody else. Well, no thanks. I'm in favour of anything that brings [judges] back under the rule of law--public reviews of candidates, public petitions to force performance reviews of sitting judges, and Section 33 [the "notwithstanding clause"]--every time they do something crazy

Jan. 19, 1998 - quoted in "The makings of a counter-revolution", an essay in Alberta Report