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Canada doesn't need more judicial activists

Toronto, October 26, 2016 – Campaign Life Coalition is deeply concerned with Justin Trudeau’s first soon-to-be appointed Supreme Court justice, Malcolm Rowe. The nominee’s claim that he intends to make laws rather than interpret them should be an absolute disqualifier as it goes against the grain of the Canadian Constitution.

“It seems like the soon-to-be Supreme Court justice will become yet another judicial activist who will ignore the law in order to push Trudeau’s ‘values’ on our society,” said Jim Hughes, President of Campaign Life Coalition. “The Supreme Court is responsible for interpreting and upholding laws, within the constraint of the Constitution and common law tradition, rather than creating them. That has always been their main job. Canadians do not want judges changing laws based on personal prejudices and social agenda.”

“Laws are created by parliamentarians who are elected by the people,” said Mary Ellen Douglas, National Organizer for Campaign Life Coalition. “Justice Rowe, right off the bat, has stated publicly that he intends to ‘encroach upon the authority of Parliament’. This is dangerous, undemocratic and totally unacceptable.”

Campaign Life Coalition calls upon justices to return to their historic role of upholding rather than creating the law, and urges the government to appoint judges who respect their limited role and respect Parliament’s supremacy in making laws.

About Campaign Life Coalition
Campaign Life Coalition is a national, pro-life organization working at all levels of government to secure full legal protection for all human beings from the time of conception (fertilization) to natural death. For more information visit

Media Contacts
Mary Ellen Douglas, National Organizer, Campaign Life Coalition 416-204-9749 ex. 262
Jeff Gunnarson, Vice-President, Campaign Life Coalition 416-204-9749 ext. 249