Occasionally – well perhaps more than occasionally but then who’s counting? – I have mentioned how this blog was never intended for political statements or ranting. However, and didn’t you just know there would be a however, once again the railings and sputterings on news sites, blogs, Facebook, and statements by a few of our politicians set me to thinking. A dangerous pastime to allow an old curmudgeon as often the muttered rants over the cereal bowl can turn into the written word.
We may not like a law in our country, nor may we agree with how it is applied but it is the law of the land as set out by our elected parliamentarians whose job it is to examine laws carefully and pass them for the common good. Frequently in the past careful consideration has been neglected and laws have been passed based on voter appeal while ignoring the constitutionality of the law itself.
When that constitutionality has been challenged the laws have been struck down, as indeed they should be, by the Supreme Court. The job of a court – at all levels – is to then interpret and apply those laws deemed constitutionally sound. Our personal sense of justice or moral view has nothing to do with the law or its application. And those laws cannot be applied discriminately but must apply to all Canadians. Attempts to politicize judgments and applications from any side – left, right or if it still exists middle ground – are hypocrisy at its highest and nothing more than political pandering.
Parliamentarians – past and present – made the laws, the courts have interpreted and applied them. We may not like it however some day we may find that we have need of the protection of that same law and may be the beneficiary of that interpretation and application.