David Lametti's oath includes an explicit reference to upholding the rule of law.
She was requested by Trudeau to look into splitting the roles after the SNC-Lavalin affair.
Michael Wernick called it a “profound change in Canada's legal landscape.”
A conflict of interest inherent to Jody Wilson-Raybould's position fuelled the SNC-Lavalin scandal.
What our criminal justice system needs is not mere fixes that further entrench the status quo and the adversarial, punishment-oriented and individualistic process we have now, but true transformational change.
It is rather strange that we allow non-lawyers to provide legal advice at the highest levels -- to cabinets, premiers, and even to Governors General or Lieutenant Governors. Yet we do not allow non-lawyers to provide run of the mill legal advice to ordinary Canadians.
The Ontario government should not be afraid to resist Harper's misguided crime agenda. Instead of selling out another generation for political expediency, Ontario should commit the crime that Harper fears the most: sociology.