Justice Minister Peter MacKay doesn’t need his 4,000 departmental lawyers to tell him he can’t control the world’s oldest supply and demand profession. He’s a former Crown prosecutor and he surely knows a lost case when he sees it.
There can never be complete closure to a military mission where so many Canadian soldiers died, were physically maimed or emotionally scarred. Too many personal horrors still live on, disconnected from an end date on the calendar.
By following the Supreme Court’s ruling and shrugging off Senate reform as a provincial responsibility, the prime minister has handed Canada’s premiers their moment of constitutional glory, Don Martin writes.
By turning the power to approve term limits, Senate elections or outright abolishment over to the provinces as part of a reopened constitutional negotiation where consensus is mission impossible, the Supreme Court has preserved the status quo for eternity.