Why all the fuss?
I think it’s fair to say that for most of us, the Statement of Principles can sometimes seem like a vacuum, sucking all the air, and other important issues, out of the room.
Since the LSO started requiring Ontario lawyers to complete a Statement of Principles, some in the legal profession would have us believe that the sky is falling. Defending and promoting EDI generally, and the LSO’s EDI initiatives in particular, is necessary as we continue to try and improve the justice system.
But it is not sufficient. So much more needs to be done, and the constant relitigating of what should be a settled issue is both a distraction, and a way for those opposed to progress to stall it in its tracks. If we want to make real progress tackling the Access to Justice crisis, financial barriers to the profession or tech literacy, we have to be able to settle the Statement of Principles issue.
This election is that opportunity. We must elect a resoundingly pro-EDI convocation, so that any question of LSO’s continued commitment to EDI is put to rest, and we can refocus our efforts on other important issues - including implementing the rest of the Racialized Licensees Working Group report.
I hope this page serves as a resource for Lawyers voting in the 2019 Law Society of Ontario Bencher election, which will allow us to elect a progressive and inclusive convocation, and move the legal profession forward, fearlessly and with the public interest at the forefront of everything we do.