|Holland, Ken||Judicial Tyranny in the United States|
Judicial activism has reached outrageous proportions in the United States. Not only are federal and state judges making public policy in a wide variety of areas, they are even administering public institutions, such as schools, mental hospitals and prisons. Courts are forcing governments to reallocate budgets and in some cases raising taxes themselves to pay for social experiments.
Prepared for delivery before the Second Annual National Conference of Civitas, May 1-3, 1998, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
|The Social Union - A Debate (with Janet Ajzenstat, Brian Lee Crowley, William D. Gairdner, Lorne Gunter, Rory Leishman, Michael Lusztig, Judy Rebick, John Robson, Paul Romney) |
Dr. William Gairdner sparked a debate in late 1998 on conservativeforum.org about government plans for a "social union", a federal government promise of largesse to provinces and various groups in return for constitutional and political peace. Dr. Gairdner and eight other distinguished commentators, not all conservatives, contributed their perspectives to the debate. The liberal government implemented its social union agreement with the provinces in 1999. The debate remains interesting for its discussion of the founders' intentions, and of the degree to which an elected government should set its promises in legal concrete, unassailable by subsequently-elected governments which may have different priorities.