FORCED SPEECH?

 

The freedom to speak your mind is not the only thing under attack. Over the course of the last year, provincial authorities have started to make it mandatory for people to make statements that they do not necessarily agree with.

Law Society votes to keep requirement lawyers adopt statement of principles on diversity

For example, in the fall of 2017, the Law Society of Ontario - which licences people to practice law - told all lawyers that:

"As part of this strategy you are required to create and abide by an individual Statement of Principles that acknowledges your obligation to promote equality, diversity and inclusion generally, and in your behaviour towards colleagues, employees, clients and the public. The Law Society will ask licensees to report on this in their 2017 Annual Report."

The risk, to all lawyers, is that if they do not create and abide by a "Statement of Principles" that says what the Law Society wants it to say, they may eventually lose their licence to practice. Many lawyers are objecting, but the Law Society appears to have dug in its heels.

A Freedom government will remove from the Law Society, professional colleges, and other self-governing bodies the jurisdiction to force their members to make such political statements.

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