Ottawa defense lawyer Michael Spratt has written another interesting article about the millions of dollars spent by the Conservative Government defending laws ultimately found to be unconstitutional.
The court cases all involved controversial legislation: retroactive parole limits, minimum sentences, shutting down safe injection sites, restricting health care funding for refugees, abolishing the Senate, revers onus dangerous offender provisions, restricting collective bargaining rights, the controversial appointment of Justice Marc Nadon to the Supreme Court…. to name a few.
Mr. Spratt also talks about the non-monetary cost of introducing unconstitutional legislation:
Unconstitutional laws devalue the constitution, dilute our rights and freedoms, and can have devastating personal impacts – disability and death in some cases – for individuals who are directly impacted by them.
For every unconstitutional law that is ultimately stuck down by the courts there are countless, largely anonymous individuals who were subjected to illegality.
Michael Spratt is a criminal lawyer in Ottawa. He’s appeared in every level of court in Ontario, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He has also been called on as an expert witness in the Senate and House of Commons.