Meet the Slate!
These 22 lawyers ran on a platform to eliminate the compelled Statement of Principles, known as StopSOP. They were elected with top votes from across the province and will serve the profession as benchers until 2023.
Their campaign was organized and led by the StopSOP Team, which included these non-bencher lawyers and paralegals and many others who helped in various capacities:
- Bencher Profiles
- Philip Horgan
The Law Society has strayed from its governance role, and from protecting the public from unscrupulous actors, toward an activist engagement to demand compelled speech from its members on ideological viewpoints.
In recent years, the Society has forced members to adopt an “accelerated culture shift” by adopting a Statement of Principles, which overreaches into our freedoms, however well intentioned. Its denial of accreditation of the previously approved Trinity Western law school was contrary to positions taken by other provincial law societies and the previous approval of that school’s program. The Society continues to engage as a government actor into areas where legitimate difference should be allowed. These are all examples of a Law Society that is advancing critical legal theory by imposing a “politically correct” viewpoint on its members.
We must value our independence as individuals and as a profession, and remain focused on the Society’s core roles.
The Law Society should support our deeply cherished constitutional freedoms, including the allowance of lawyers to make their own decisions on matters of public debate. Its civic “totalist” advocacy risks sacrificing our independence and freedom as a profession to the next roll-out of ideological demands. I share the views of www.stopsop.ca.
The Society needs to remain frugal. Why are our fees the highest of any similar jurisdiction? I stand for holding the line or reducing dues, which in turn will allow for greater pro bono options, and enhanced access to justice.
I believe that we need to elect benchers who recognize the importance of our independence as a profession, both as lawyers, and in recognition of the role we play for our clients in defending and advancing their interests.
I have worked in large and small firms, before establishing my own firm in 1996. I have appeared in trial and appellate courts across Canada, including the SCC.
I have served as a leader of charitable and non-profits, including the Thomas More Lawyers’ Guild, the Catholic Civil Rights League, the Faith and Freedom Alliance, and on parent advocacy councils.
I am active in legal teaching, and in fundraising for civil liberties, conscience rights, Coats for Kids, and pro bono work.
I am an active volunteer, and serve as a minor hockey coach and referee.
I received the TCDSB Alumni Award and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for contributions to constitutional freedoms, services to the profession, and development of public policy.