Canada Family Action Coalition Responds to the Chief Justice

    CALGARY, Aug. 17 /CNW/ - Canada Family Action Coalition felt obligated to
the more than one million Canadians who joined in the complaint to the
Canadian Judicial Council to respond to the comments made on Saturday by Chief
Justice Beverley McLachlin.
    "In her response about the complaint to the Canadian Judicial Council,
Justice McLachlin addressed an issue that was not even alleged in the
complaint. And she failed to provide any answers to the significant
allegations about violations to the constitution of the Order of Canada," said
Brian Rushfeldt, Executive Director, Canada Family Action Coalition. "Judge
McLachlin is deflecting the issue. Judge Scott must now assess the deflection
of McLachlin's response as well as the substance of the complaint. This is
exactly why we MUST have a full investigation of the McLachlin's conduct and
the deliberations of the Advisory Council. Canadians deserve honesty and
    Dr Charles McVety, President of the Institute for Canadian Values said,
"We are disappointed to hear that the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of
Canada is attempting to shirk responsibility for her actions as Chair of the
Advisory Council of the Order of Canada. We are pleased she admits that it was
her responsibility to ensure that the 'meeting runs well and fairly'. Our
complaint to the Canadian Judicial Council was never based on how Beverley
McLachlin voted; it was based on how she chaired a council that showed such a
lack of respect for the Constitution, the rule of law and the integrity of the
Supreme Court. And the misguided dismissal of the complaint by Justice Scott
demonstrates a remarkably low level of respect and accountability to the one
million people represented by the complaint."
    It appears that McLachlin either did not see or did not read, in full the
substance of the complaint, or she misunderstood its significance.
    "McLachlin said the LAW requires her to chair the Advisory Council. That
same LAW, just a few paragraphs later, requires a person who has been
disciplined to be disqualified from receiving the award or to have it
returned. And a few paragraphs later that same LAW requires the inclusion of a
Foreign Affairs representative. She selectively applied portions of law that
fit her ideology and agenda. Will she address that?" said Rushfeldt.
    We are happy to hear that this complaint and the pursuant investigation
will occur outside of the Judicial Council. We hope that will ensure a more
open and fair process.

For further information:

For further information: Brian Rushfeldt, CFAC (403) 295-2159

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