Peter MacKay tries to explain lack of diversity on federal courts

When asked about the dearth of women and visible minorities on federally appointed courts, Justice Minister Peter MacKay stunned several lawyers at a meeting in Toronto when he said they just “aren’t applying” for the jobs.

Arleen Huggins, president of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, said she asked Peter MacKay what steps the government would take to address the lack of diversity and of visible minority judges on the bench.

OTTAWA —Justice Minister Peter MacKay stunned several lawyers at a meeting in Toronto when he appeared to turn aside a question about the dearth of women and visible minorities on federally appointed courts, saying they just “aren’t applying” for the jobs.

MacKay went on to say women fear an “old boys” network on the bench would dispatch them on circuit work to hear cases in courthouses across a region — a prospect he described as unappealing for women with children at home.

According to people in attendance last Friday, MacKay said that as a new father he understands women’s reluctance to leave their children because, while he didn’t want to downplay the role that fathers play, women have a special bond with their children.

Several of the men and women at the meeting of the Ontario Bar Association’s council described the remarks to the Star variously as “disappointing,” “bizarre,” “frustrating” or “offensive.”

In the first instance, they said the answer failed to address the issue of diversity. Secondly, they suggested it was presumptuous if not insensitive, and thirdly it betrayed a lack of understanding of, or commitment to, the goal of making the judiciary more representative, they said.

The Ontario Bar Association recorded the session, but refused to release the audio to the Star, saying it was a “private meeting.”

MacKay’s office said it did not have a transcript and declined to urge the OBA to release the recording.

Arleen Huggins, president of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, said she asked the Conservative minister in charge of federal appointments to superior trial and appellate courts across the country what steps the government would take to address the lack of diversity and of visible minority judges on the bench, using the example of initiatives it took to boost the number of women in the past.

“His response was then exclusively focused on women,” she said.

Ottawa lawyer Jonathan Richardson said MacKay’s “immediate answer was, ‘Yes there should be more,’ but that ‘they simply aren’t applying.’ ”

Huggins, Richardson and Ottawa lawyer Juliet Knapton recalled MacKay went on to tell the audience of several dozen lawyers, as Richardson put it, he “believed some women would be discouraged from seeking to be judges because of a fear of circuiting . . . because he believed the old boys’ network among the judges — that’s the exact phrase he used — would make these new women judges go circuit. And then this would take them away from their children.”

“He said he now sees the bond that mothers have with their children. And I was just gobsmacked,” said Richardson.

“Firstly, I’m a new father, I’ve got an 11-month old, so who is he to judge which of my wife or I has a more special bond with our child — I’d say it’s absolutely equal. Secondly, who is he to judge what bond any woman may have with her children, or any other potential judicial applicant may have with his or her children?

“It just seemed to be this attitude of, ‘We don’t want to be taking you away, therefore we can justify appointing men to the bench,’ — it just seemed this bizarre justification.”

To Knapton, who has just been re-elected to the Ontario Bar’s council but is now on maternity leave with newborn twins, MacKay “really didn’t deal with the issue of race or aboriginals or any of the other sorts of groups that we would like to see reflected on the bench so that we have a bench that’s more diverse and reflects the population of this province.”

She was “irked” by the fact MacKay turned the discussion into an issue not just “about gender but about motherhood,” with “the whole push of himself as a new father and somehow evangelicizing women” in his references to a “special bond between a mother and a child that is different from a father.”

Huggins said she was “disappointed” and “extremely frustrated” by MacKay’s replies, including when he was asked a follow-up question by someone else about whether the government would commit to being bound by the candidates put forward by a federal judicial advisory committee — just like the provincial government which is mandated to select judges for provincial courts from a list put forward by the provincial advisory committee.

She said MacKay appeared to suggest the process was much improved because there is more diversity on the judicial advisory committees themselves. However, he made no commitment to pick from a slate.

Indeed, said Huggins, MacKay had no factual basis in the first place to suggest visible minority candidates “are not applying” for seats on the bench because there is no information that the government keeps such statistics.

“They may be applying in droves for all we know, but there is no statistical data that is being kept,” said Knapton.



Commentary by the Ottawa Mens Centre


Our Judiciary is invested with professional brown-nosers, riddled with psychopaths who are NOT required to undergo any form of personality testing prior to appointment as a judge.

Ontario applies a politically correct test, besides being on a first name basis with the Honourable Peter Mckay, they are frequently the LEAST suitable examples of humanity to be entrusted with absolute power.

Psychopaths like MARGUERITE ISOBEL LEWIS a present CAS lawyer, a psychopath, who is notorious for fabricating evidence is now apparently on the list to be appointed a judge.

Ontario Superior Court is riddled with Former lawyers like Timothy Minnema, another former lawyer who worked for "The Gestapo", that's the name that lawyers commonly use for the Children's Aid Societies of Ontario , Canada's largest Criminal Organization that directly and indirectly cost the province billions of dollars, swamp the courts with endless abuses of process that comes from a failure of the Federal Government to have psychological screening of those who have the greatest likelihood of abusing absolute power.

Ottawa Mens Centre



The "Old Boys" and "Old School" are two expressions frequently heard in Canada that are a symptom of the incredible level of corruption in the justice system that exists in Canada and makes Canada an insult to justice. A very good reason as to why males in particular should not emigrate to Canada.

To get to be a judge in Canada, you have to have all the right political connections, have a record of donating money to the correct political party and, local political connections.

The Judicial selection process is a sick joke, a mockery of justice where professional brown nosers choose the worst professional brown noses with the least ethics and the highest propensity to abuse absolute power.

Take former Sudbury Lawyer Robert L. Maranger, a charming brown noser who became a Rubber Stamp for the Children's Aid Society of Ottawa.

The Judges of the Ottawa Ontario Superior Court takes their direction from one ROBERT GODMAN, the "God-Father" of Ottawa whose official occupation is that of a Supervisor of the Ontario's largest Criminal Organization, The Children's Aid Society of Ottawa.

When Judges take direction from Professional Child Abusers, psychopaths with a propensity for absolute cruelty and child abuse, it gives the public of Ontario a real insight into the need for psychological testing of not just potential judges but those obvious psychopaths and child abusers who directly or indirectly, dictate to the Judiciary how to abuse children and parents.

Ottawa Mens Centre


It's no surprise that there is a "dearth of women and visible minoriies on Federally on federally appointed courts.

Arleen Huggins should instead be taking the Honourable Peter McKay to task on "Judicial Independence".

In Ontario, the Judiciary treat Police and Ontario's secret Police, "the Children's Aid Society" as the "Voice of God".

Police and or the most vile examples of humanity, Child Protection Workers have a long record of fabricating evidence and abusing the administration of justice.

In Ottawa, One extraordinary Criminal, ROBERT GODMAN a Supervisor for the Children's Aid Society, gets what is called "JUDICIAL NOTICE".

That means, the God-Father of Ottawa dictates to the Ottawa Judiciary what decisions to make.

Ottawa is just one example of how the lack of Judicial Independence results in widespread abuse of the administration of justice and provides an open invitation to the worst Child Abusers and Criminals in Society like ROBERT GODMAN to fabricate evidence and or encourage workers to Fabricate evidence and even have the lawyers for Ottawa's worst Criminal Organization, fabricate evidence to commit criminal offenses against the administration of justice.

Ontario residents don't care about the gender or diversity of the judiciary. What they want and expect and don't get is an Independent Judiciary and we have a Judiciary that is incapable of providing an impartial objective review of any facts that are predetermined by the likes of CAS workers and supervisor who engage in professional child abuse and terrorism.

Ottawa Mens Centre