Supreme Court declared the 2014 “Policy-Maker of the Year” in the latest edition of MLI’s magazine

OTTAWA, Dec. 11, 2014 – The Supreme Court of Canada cast a long shadow over the December edition of Inside Policy names the Supreme Court "Policy-Maker of the Year" for 2014debate about public policy in 2014. Now it steps into the spotlight in the latest edition of Inside Policy, the flagship magazine of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute.

The cover story, written by MLI Senior Fellow Benjamin Perrin, declares the Supreme Court the “Policy-Maker of the Year” for 2014. Perrin examines 10 of the Court’s most significant cases and finds that the past year was unusually significant – both in the Court’s influence on public policy and its relationship with the federal government.

The article is based on Perrin’s recent MLI research report on the subject for MLI.

Stanley Hartt, meanwhile, probes the questions surrounding “judge-made law” in Canada. Does it exist? Should politicians be less ambiguous in writing the laws? Are they purposely leaving laws vague to avoid having to take a stand on thorny issues?

“Do judges really think they are making law when they see legislative enactments through the lens of their personal perspectives?”, Hartt writes. “The evidence appears to be to the contrary”.

Also in this edition of Inside Policy:

  • MLI author Christian Leuprecht argues for a greater emphasis on public safety to prevent a repeat of the terrorist attacks that rocked Canada earlier this fall – even if it means less of a focus on individual rights.
  • MLI’s newest Senior Fellow Dwight Newman calls on Canadian governments to summon the political courage to use their considerable legal tools to support development rather than allowing dissident groups to prevail.
  • Newman and MLI Managing Director Brian Lee Crowley examine how protesters are exploiting the term “social licence” and, in the process, undermining democracy and the rule of law.
  • In another article, Crowley says it’s time for the world’s middle powers to unite around a common commitment to democracy, freedom and the rule of law.

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