If our government wants to do something about delay, it should abandon Bill C-75 and look to more comprehensive methods that do not limit access to justice.
For years now, the federal government has been censuring, muzzling, de-funding, and laying off scientists, librarians, archivists, statisticians, and researchers in its efforts vacate government involvement in core research, and to shift its focus to industry-specific needs. Public dangers inherent in this strategy of information suppression and distortion are not always tangible, but they are toxic nonetheless. The manipulations of Canada's knowledge base works as a cancer that undermines public safety, health and welfare, as well as our societal pluralism, self-determination, and sovereignty.
Canada is not an "immature" country with some sort of "colonial hangover." We are a confident nation with a strong international presence, but a great deal of our character derives from our historic links with the Crown.
Why does Canada still retain any connection to monarchy? In all of our recent indignation over the totally predicable abuse of power by unelected, unaccountable senators, we've overlooked an even sillier layer of law-making: royal assent.