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20 of 425 are essays by Rory Leishman

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An Erstwhile Socialist Calls for an Overhaul of the Welfare State

Previously published in The London Free Press, February 3rd, 1998
Assuring Treatment for the Mentally Ill

Mentally-ill patients and their fellow citizens are well served by new Ontario law which expands the definition of patients who must undergo treatment before being released. Originally published in the London Free Press. Republished with the permission of the author.
Australia Takes the Right Approach to Bogus Refugees

Australian authorities understand that a soft approach to illegal immigration and people smuggling is neither wise or compassionate. Originally published in the London Free Press. Republished with the permission of the author.
Chief Justice Should Explain the Egregious Feeney Ruling

The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court should publicly explain his court's decision to flout long-standing precedent and law in the Feeney case. The court ruled that police should have obtained a warrant prior to entering Feeney's trailer to arrest him on suspicion of murder. This essay was first published in The Montreal Gazette, September 5th, 1998.
Corruption in the Academy

Previously published in The London Free Press, September 21st, 1998
Employment Equity Debunked

The Pursuit of Division: Race, Gender, and Preferential Hiring in Canada is an exceptionally well-researched book by Martin Loney that exposes the misinformation advanced by the exponents of employment equity in an attempt to justify discrimination against able-bodied white males. Originally published in the London Free Press
Freedom of Association is No Less Vital Than Freedom of Speech

Previously published in The London Free Press, June 1st, 1998
Human Rights Trumps Truth in the Media

Politically-correct mandarins in human rights tribunals are suppressing the truth in reporting on Canadian issues. A paper presented to the Civitas National Conference, April 1999, Toronto
It's Not Just Conservatives Who Deplore Employment Inequity

Previously published in The London Free Press, February 14th, 1998
More on Robed Dictators

In his award-winning essay "Robed Dictators", published by Next City Magazine and here on conservativeforum.org, Rory Leishman described the usurpation of our parliaments' legislative power by unelected judges. In this essay he provides still more examples of this dangerous trend.



Perversion of Medical Ethics

Doctors and hospital "bioethics" committees have arrogated to themselves the right to kill a patient with life that they consider no longer worthy of life. Their Hippocratic Oath now takes a back seat to such interests as conserving hospital resources, including their own time. Originally published in the London Free Press. Republished with the permission of the author.
Referees Don't Change the Rules, Mr. Lamer

Canadian judges have released a video as part of a campaign against critics of court political activism. In it, they encourage their colleagues to defend their recent inclination to make law, and overturn law, rather than simply uphold it. Mr. Leishman deftly skewers a key premise of their campaign. Originally published in the London Free Press
Robed Dictators: Legislators for Life

A coup from the courtroom has usurped our democracy. Originally published in The Next City Magazine, this essay won Honourable Mention in the National Magazine Awards of 1998. Re-published with the permission of the author and the publisher.
Shoddy Feminist Research

Research from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives which asserts rising poverty among women is based irresponsibly on using the "low-income cutoff" figure published by Statistics Canada as a measure of poverty, despite Statistics Canada's frequent warnings against using the figure for that purpose. Originally published in the London Free Press. Republished with the permission of the author.
Should Corporal Punishment Be Outlawed in Families?

Criminalization of spanking by parents is an ill-considered initiative of children's rights activists. Originally published in The London Free Press, February 12th, 1999
Socialism: Buried and Abandoned by a Compassionate Reformer

Previously published in The London Free Press, April 27th, 1998
Striking Success for Workfare

Relaxed welfare rules and comfortable benefits had a predictable result in exploding the number of welfare recipients in Ontario. Workfare and other restrictions implemented by a conservative government have reduced dependance on welfare and increased employment. Originally published in the London Free Press. Republished with the permission of the author.
Supreme Court of Canada Delivers Another Political Judgment

Supreme Court justices are forsaking the law to impose their preferences in the issue of Quebec secession. This essay was previously published in The Ottawa Citizen, August 27, 1998
The Foreign Aid Conundrum

Canada is slashing its foreign aid payments while calling on other countries to increase theirs. The cuts would be hypocritical if the payments were effective at reducing world poverty, but they have not been.
The Social Union - A Debate (with Janet Ajzenstat, Brian Lee Crowley, William D. Gairdner, Lorne Gunter, Ken Holland, 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.