Updated: Mar 4
CALL TO ACTION AT END OF POST
THE CHIEF JUSTICE OF CANADA IS THE DEPUTY GOVERNOR GENERAL??
On January 23, 2021, Rt. Honorable Richard Wagner became Administrator of the Government of Canada following the resignation of Governor General Julie Payette in response to a workplace harassment investigation.
The Chief Justice of Canada is the Deputy Governor General, and can act as governor general when the office is vacant.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST??
If the Chief Justice of Canada is acting as Deputy Governor General, is there not a massive conflict of interest that puts the same man in power over both the duties of the crown and the best interests of the people?
If the chief justice is acting as both Chief justice and Deputy Governor General, then by default, the Federal quarantine measures are currently being upheld by the most powerful member of the Supreme Court of Canada.
WHAT'S THE ISSUE??
"A Chief Justice is not a member of the Parliament or Legislature or a member of the Cabinet, and is not accountable to the elector- ate for problems in the court system. Nor could a Chief Justice make direct representations to the Parliament or Legislature (as occurs in many jurisdictions of the United States) without becoming involved in the political process, which would give rise to serious perceptions of a lack of independence from political parties and from government. It seems to be both unavoidable and desirable that the Chief Justice should have to persuade a Minister of the fiscal requirements of the court, because the Minister is then able to carry the brief in Cabinet and in the Parliament or Legislature.
It is realistic to acknowledge that a Chief Justice is inescapably dependent upon government for the resources needed to operate the court. Within those important constraints, however, the Chief Justice must be independent of government "with respect to matters of administration bearing directly on the exercise of [the Court's] judicial function."32 The most important role of the Chief Justice is to make sure that the ineluctable reliance upon government for resources does not infect the independence of the judicial function.
~ Pg. 255, Par 2, The Role of a Chief Justice in Canada
Peter W. Hogg Osgoode Hall Law School of York University
Source Publication: (1993-94) 19:1 Queen’s Law Journal 248-260
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Canada Post recently launched a pre-stamped postcard campaign. We say, use this opportunity to say "FREEDOM, I MISS YOU" while also placing the Chief Justice on Notice for his blatant conflict of interest. This can be done anonymously if you feel more comfortable.
STEP 1- FILL OUT YOUR POST CARD (see our example below).
NOTICE OF CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Dear Rt. Hon. Richard Wagner,
As acting Deputy Governor General (DGG) you are currently upholding federal quarantine measures. As Chief Justice of Canada you are required to uphold the constitution. This is a conflict of interest.
As DGG You have until March 15th, 2021 to invoke your reserve powers to end federal quarantine measure or resign as Chief Justice of Canada. If not, your inaction may invoke a constitutional crisis.
Click here for a printable sheet you can cut + tape on to your postcard
STEP 2- TAKE A PHOTO + POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA WITH HASHTAGS
STEP 3 - Walk your talk all the way to your closest Canada Post mailbox and send!