The Supreme Court of Canada: An important protector of the rights of vulnerable Canadians or the usurper of the proper role of a democratically-elected Parliament?

The Hon. Irwin Cotler and Lord Conrad Black squared off over the proper role of the courts in another entry into the Macdonald-Laurier Institute’s Great Canadian Debate series, held May 31, 2016 at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa.

Black, a financier, author and columnist, argued in favour of the motion: "Canada's Supreme Court has usurped the proper role of Parliament". Cotler, a former federal Justice Minister, argued against.

To watch the debate in its entirety, click here.

CPAC will also air the debate on the following dates:

  • Saturday, June 4 at 10 a.m.
  • Sunday, June 5 at 5 p.m.

To view photos from the event, click here.

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