In late June 1990, Prime Minister Brian Mulroney appointed Antonio Lamer, 57, Chief Justice of the supreme Court of Canada. Lamer describes himself as a “libertarian” (Toronto Star, June 30).
Mr. Justice Antonio Lamer was the one justice (among seven) who fully concurred with then Chief Justice Brian Dickson’s January 1988 ruling in the Morgentaler case. The ruling abolished the 1969 abortion law which permitted abortions, but only under certain conditions.
Dickson’s ruling included the famous declaration:
“Forcing a woman, by threat of criminal sanction, to carry a fetus to term unless she meets certain criteria unrelated to her own priorities and aspirations, is a profound interference with a women’s body and thus a violation of security of a person.” (See The Interim, May 1990)
That is how Dickson and Lamer transformed a woman’s duty to care for her baby in the womb into the idea that this duty violates her person. By implication, they declared the killing of that baby a woman’s “right.” (Mrs. Justice Bertha Wilson explicitly claimed the same woman’s “right” on the spurious grounds of the “right to privacy,” – the American justification for the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe vs. Wade of 1973.)
Pro-life Canadians, unborn babies, and Canadian citizens interested in the defense of basic moral-religious standards, should not look to Mr. Justice Lamer for support.
Lamer is just what he says he is – a libertarian. In 1971, Mr. John Turner, then Justice Minister in Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau’s cabinet, appointed him as deputy chairman to the newly created Law reform Commission (LRC). In 1975, he became chairman, a post which he retained until 1978 when he was appointed to the Quebec Court of Appeal.
The Commission’s main contribution to Canadian jurisprudence, formed under Lamer’s chairmanship, is the principle that morality evolves and that the law should be “reformed” regularly in conformity with the latest (secularist) community standards.