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Remarks in speech prompt impact debate

Thursday, June 18, 2015 @ 8:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

Lawyers are debating the impact on several ongoing court cases of Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin’s off-the-bench pronouncement that Canada’s “policy of assimilation” carried out by Indian residential schools amounted to “cultural genocide” against First Nations.

Some also query whether the headline-grabbing speech made by Canada’s top judge to the Aga Khan Foundation in Toronto May 28 breached the established ethics rule that judges should not comment on contentious matters that could come before them in a way that could undermine public confidence in their...