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Howard Anglin

Howard Anglin was Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor, Legal Affairs and Policy, to former Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Howard is the Executive Director of the Canadian Constitution Foundation, a registered charity dedicated to defending the constitutional rights and freedoms of Canadians. He is a graduate of McGill University and New York University Law School, where he was an editor of the NYU Law Review. After graduating, he practised in New York and London before clerking on the United States Court of Appeal for the Ninth Circuit. After clerking, he resumed legal practice, with a focus on appellate litigation, in Washington, DC. In 2011, he moved to Ottawa, where he served first as Chief of Staff to a federal cabinet minister and later as Deputy Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister. He has written widely on legal matters, as well as politics and culture.
If Trudeau Won't Defend M-103, Why Should

If Trudeau Won't Defend M-103, Why Should We?

When Rebel Media sent out emails claiming that "Canada is on the verge of passing a law that would prohibit criticizing Islam" and that "If this motion passes, Canadians can be persecuted for expressing any criticism of Islam, even when warranted," I pointed out that M-103 is a motion, not a law, and that it will not change a single comma of existing speech legislation. Apparently, Prime Minister Trudeau disagrees.
02/21/2017 05:18 EST
B.C. Patients' Charter Case Will Spur Overdue Health-Care

B.C. Patients' Charter Case Will Spur Overdue Health-Care Reform

The plaintiffs' constitutional challenge is straightforward: if the government does not provide timely medical treatment, then it cannot at the same time legally prohibit patients who are suffering on long wait lists from taking control of their own health care and arranging treatment privately.
11/08/2016 11:38 EST
Interpreting The New Supreme Court Justice's Job

Interpreting The New Supreme Court Justice's Job Application

Tradition is the right word for the appointment in other ways. While most court watchers confidently predicted an aboriginal appointee, a woman, or both, Mr Trudeau confounded speculation by choosing an experienced, older white man. The traditional diversity markers of region and language won out over more recent preoccupations with race and sex.
10/21/2016 01:40 EDT
Canada Already Has An Interprovincial Trade Agreement: Our

Canada Already Has An Interprovincial Trade Agreement: Our Constitution

Even before Canada's Premiers departed Whitehorse on Friday, media coverage was applauding a "ground-breaking" and "historic" agreement on internal trade within Canada. Not so fast. One key omission was immediately evident. When it comes to alcohol, the agreement will establish "a working group on alcoholic beverages, which will explore opportunities to improve trade in beer, wine and spirits across Canada."
07/27/2016 08:29 EDT