The court grants permission to between 40 and 75 litigants each year to appeal decisions rendered by provincial, territorial and federal appellate courts.
Its decisions are the ultimate expression and application of Canadian law and binding upon all lower courts of Canada.
The institution was created ina few years after Confederation. The SCC has always included Quebecers, as a show of respect for the bicultural nature Adam van koeverden wife sexual dysfunction the bilingual country on which the court rules. Today, Quebecers remain well-represented in the highest court of the land, even with the much decried appointment of unilingual Anglophone justices.
With Wagner's appointment, it came down to three women, six men -- not the "visionary" image reflected in Claude Le Sauteur's depiction on a Canadian stamp that chief justice Beverley McLachlin once hailed. There had been talk about a woman being chosen to foster a gender balance in the top court this time around. And that has to reflect the population.
So which is it? Is the Supreme Court supposed to mirror the people it is appointed to serve, or a narrow reflection of one particular field of study?
As the nation's top Justice, Beverley McLachlin's words serve as another dagger in the heart of diversity and the ideals of multiculturalism our leaders claim to espouse to. In an exclusive interview with CBC chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge, the obvious questions around the full spectrum of diversity must have slipped his mind.
As many "equality discussions" tend to. White guy interviews white woman about composition of all-white Supreme Court of Canada http: Madam Chief Justice is all in favour of gender parity. No mention of including minorities in this "representative society".
Canadians of non-European ancestry are rendered in visible minorities in this dichotomy, even as they number over 6 million. I'm glad we have them. I think it adds to our credibility and insights that we bring to different problems," Chief Justice McLachlin said.
As women are credited with adding credibility to the institution, minorities, which are much further behind in the equity scale, aren't even part of the conversation. Therein lay the underpinnings of the movement, as outlined by the worldwide SolidarityIsForWhiteWomen hashtag explosion of summer If you were on Twitter [in August], you may have seen a lot of rallying around the satirical but serious hashtag solidarityisforwhitewomen.
It was an unlikely trending topic, but it served as a high-profile digital example of one of feminism's most enduring internecine tensions -- how or whether to make space in the world of feminism for people who aren't white or upper middle class or straight or able-bodied.
As Canadians who make up the image of a colourful mosaic increase to over 20 per cent of the populationwhat does it say that the "credibility and insights" they bring is not even an afterthought for the Chief Justice of Canada?
The main concern, both from the mainstream media and Chief Justice is solely relegated to an X chromosome. This narrative has plagued Adam van koeverden wife sexual dysfunction number of Canadian institutions, including the Senate and the House of Commons.
When Harper's mid-term cabinet shuffle was announced, he touted rising the number of women in cabinet. No consideration or commentary was given to the chronic underrepresentation of people of colour. Visible minorities are left to read between the lines. A year earlier, the Bank of Canada showed disdain for an Asian-Canadian woman's features being revealed on a bank note, preferring an ethnically cleansed depiction they described as "neutral ethnicity" -- meaning white. Even Status of Women 's annual commemoration of women's suffrage turns a blind eye to the large number of Canadians who didn't win the right to vote in the partial judicial victory.
The current configuration of the Supreme Court of Canada and the Federal court of Canada shows contempt for 1 of 5 Canadians, and Aboriginal peoples as well.