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Liberal Interpretations

Making sense of Justin Trudeau and his party

Clock Watching

The nuclear threat lingers still

Spending Power

Can compassion and efficiency be combined in the use of public funds?

Bob Tarantino

Bob Tarantino is a Toronto-based lawyer and writer.

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Court Politics

How justices’ upbringing, education and proclivities shape their rulings January–February 2014
A quotation from political scientist James L. Gibson echoes through Governing from the Bench: The Supreme Court of Canada and the Judicial Role: “Judges’ decisions are a function of what they prefer to do, tempered by what they think they ought to do, but constrained by what they perceive is feasible to do.” Although the tenor of the quote is somewhat more cynical than what Emmett Macfarlane sets out to …

Banal Injustice

Our courts may be fair—our administrative tribunals not so much June 2013
Canadians often look askance at the American habit of electing judges: Is a fair hearing on the merits truly possible when the judge has one eye on the clock counting down to his or her next date with the ballot? Would you want your case decided by someone whose primary qualification for the job was an ability to network successfully with power…