Law society’s new policy compels speech, crossing line that must not be crossed

Every lawyer gets emails from the Law Society: reminders to file reports, pay fees, or use assistance programs to cut back on the booze. But a recent message almost made me choke on my sandwich. “New obligations for 2017” was its subject line, “Actions you need to take.” All lawyers, it said, must prepare and submit a personal “Statement of Principles” attesting that we value and promote equality, diversity and inclusion. According to the advisory, “The intention of the statement of principles is to demonstrate a personal valuing of equality, diversity, and inclusion with respect to the employment of others, or in professional dealings with other licensees or any other person.”

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  • Waffle

    Well, Bruce, as Dorothy said to Toto “We’re not in Kansas anymore”.

  • This:

    ” Will, I’d trust you with my life. But not your principles. You see, we
    speak of being anchored to our principles. But if the weather turns
    nasty you up with an anchor and let it down where there’s less wind, and
    the fishing’s better. And “Look,” we say, “look, I’m anchored! To my
    principles!”

    https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/1358325-a-man-for-all-seasons

    Go where the political winds blow.

  • BillyHW

    I don’t like my lawyers diverse. I like them Jewish.

    • FivePointSpurgeonist

      I actually LOLed at this. Or named “Vinny”.

    • DaninVan

      LOL!
      The guys who you turn to to protect your Rights have turned turtle.

  • Ego

    “The intention of the statement of principles is to demonstrate a personal valuing of equality, diversity, and inclusion with respect to the employment of others, or in professional dealings with other licensees or any other person.”

    Has the Law Society become a moral police?
    They have no business telling anyone what their personal values should be. While I am not a lawyer, I for one don’t value “diversity and inclusion” for its own sake as a moral guiding light. I don’t think everybody should be included in anything without conditions (the good of the community), nor do I think diversity is an overarching good if it leads to a fractured society. And above all, no one should force me to issue a false statement, because I still have the right to think differently. Or so I thought.
    The Law Society’s required “statement of principles” could be boiled down to this:
    “I promise I’ll be a good dog. Wuff.”

    • Watchman

      “If I roll over onto my back and bare my neck, is this sufficient to allow me to live?”

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    Whatever happened to “we don’t need no thought control”?

  • Minicapt

    … “Trinity Western University” …

    Cheers

  • truepeers

    Hannah Arendt was right about the banality of evil. Too bad so many Jews didn’t get it, maybe because she wasn’t a Zionist or something. If I were an Ontario lawyer (perish the thought but then again there are worse things in life, e,g. my soul could be damned for eternity like Egerton Ryerson’s, say all the right people whose salvation is proved by their leftist adherence to and success under globalList capitalism, and not because that hell hole is named for him…) I would write a statement saying my commitment to diversity is demonstrated by my defense of Arendt’s demonstration of the banal evil of modern bureaucracy and politics even though she didn’t have the sense to be a Zionist. In fact, i am so in love with diversity i will defend the right of Mohammedans and Persons of Salvific Colour to scare every Jew (even if they don’t believe in Hannah) and Catholic out of Ontario (whose law society is now officially Calvinist and we are clearly not predestined for salvation) and back to where we belong.

  • Ho Hum

    “Diversity” is code word for White Genocide – Lawyers in Ontario now have to sign a pledge endorsing the extermination of white people

    http://i1.wp.com/whitegenocideproject.com/wp-content/uploads/Div-for-Whites-only-.jpeg

  • shasta

    I used to feel sorry for the people who were unluckily born in shitholes like the Soviet Union et al., but I now find that somehow I’ve ended up in the same position.

  • ontario john

    Well, as long as they continue to keep those damn Christians out of the legal field, that is all that matters.

  • FivePointSpurgeonist

    Why is this news? CARNA already does this for nurses.

  • Bless his heart

    Just frikkig submit to Islam already and cut your women’s genitals (pussies) off.

    You know you want boys rather than women.
    Women are for procreation, boys are for love. – A Muslim saying

    Be diverse into one cult. it’s their law.

    • DavidinNorthBurnaby

      Always good to hear from you, mister prime minister.

      • Bless his heart

        Thank You.

        Death to Islam.

  • Krista Kay

    …..“Statement of Principles” attesting that we value and promote equality, diversity and inclusion.”………

    Is this a spin-off of Motion M103? Is this a whole-of-Law-Society approach, a quasi “Affirmative Action” for all people [with the exception of ‘white males’ who by their definition are ‘supremist’ ‘racists’]?

    I had no idea, qualified applicants were not hired because firms did not pledge their allegiance to an ‘inclusion’ oath.
    ………
    I wonder how inclusive this Toronto Law Firm is?

    Omar Khadr has support from these Toronto Lawyers
    https://www.facebook.com/roy.d.elliott/posts/10158912494810577
    Photo > Sana Ebrahimi
    http://www.cambridgellp.com/our-team/lawyers/sana-ebrahimi
    https://twitter.com/sanaebrahimi

    Douglas Elliott – Partner, Cambridge LLP
    Sana Ebrahimi – Lawyer – Cambridge

  • canminuteman

    The “law “society” is the union for lawyers, they are like the Teamsters or SEIU, only worse. I am still allowed to drive a truck without being a Teamsters. I can’t be a lawyer without being a member of the law society.