When Joe Arvay talks, intelligent people pause to listen. Arvay is one of British Columbia's finest legal minds, an incredibly skilled barrister.
Arvay was in Ottawa today to address the Commons justice committee on blatant flaws in the Trudeau government's death with dignity legislation also known to the troglodyte community as the assisted suicide bill.
Mr. Arvay, a paraplegic himself, wheeled into the committee room to tell justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and her posse that what the government is proposing to dish up is unconstitutional. He said it falls well short of the Supreme Court's ruling in Carter v. R.
Arvay said the government has no right to limit assisted death only to those with advanced terminal disease.
“Parliament cannot now exclude a whole category of such persons — the physically disabled whose natural death is not reasonably foreseeable — from their charter right.”
“To suggest the bill is constitutional because the minister thinks there’s some people who believe it should only go this far is, in my respectful submission, is not legal reasoning and has no merit.
“The Carter decision is the final word on the minimum rights that Canadian citizens are entitled to and those minimum rights are not limited to illnesses that are terminal. (Wilson-Raybould is) just wrong, I’m sorry to say.”
Arvay said the Trudeau government has, "become captured by the rhetoric of the disabled rights organizations.”
“It’s treating all physically disabled people as children incapable of agency and autonomy and I just find that incredibly offensive. The trial judge did. The Supreme Court of Canada did. I don’t get why this government doesn’t understand that.”
The judgment is clear. The government is bound to follow it. That's called the "rule of law" and it is the cornerstone of democracy. Our government, no matter how well intentioned, is spineless, utterly feckless when it comes to tough issues.
Junior, like the guy he replaced, has a problem with the rule of law. Poor fellow, I think it makes him sad.