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The Web Poetry Corner - James Bredin - Canadian Charter Judicial Dictatorship

Canadian Charter Judicial Dictatorship


James Bredin

A lot of back room consulting they say, to get that list,
Of secret appointees and no questions they insist,
American style vetting will not be allowed here,
No questions about who might be homosexual or queer.

Can’t ask about feminism or even the Lord ’s Day,
No public input into these decisions and no display,
Photograph taken, dressed in bright red gowns like lords,
What did they do or will they do to deserve these awards?

Because this Canadian system cannot be tested,
It has never been challenged and no one protested,
Supreme Court ladies are up there maybe higher than god,
Docile Canadians behave with the slightest nod.

Charter judicial dictatorship in an iron glove,
Unquestioned decisions made somewhere up above,
No referendums, no recall and just show more respect,
No term limits needed either because we’re so correct.

While politicians are busy at the Sponsorship Hearing,
Denying everything and there’s nothing worth fearing,
Because the system is perfect so we’ll have an election,
No proportional representation in this selection.

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