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Antonio Lamer

Liberal Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada (1989-1999). Lamer presided over an anti-democratic court which was increasingly willing to overrule or direct elected legislatures in favour of unelected courts, tribunals, and special interests.


It's easy to be against the death penalty the night of a hanging. But it's more difficult to be against the death penalty the night of a murder ... The acid test is not to be a libertarian when it's popular. It's to be a libertarian when it's unpopular.

Jun. 1990 - quoted in the National Post on Aug. 23, 1999
We're in the field of pathology ... we get the sick laws, we don't get the good and clear laws.

Sep. 1990 - quoted in the National Post on Aug. 23, 1999
 Let's face it, the judicial system is very, very fragile. Watch it, criticize it, control it properly, yes, but judge-bashing must stop. The court process is like a psychodrama, and the actors, or judges, have come to command a certain degree of respect, or it's chaos and the whole system falls apart.

Aug. 1998 - quoted in "Who runs Canada?" by Neil Seeman, published in the National Post, Jul. 24, 1999
 Thank God we're here. It's not for me to criticize legislators but if they choose not to legislate, that's their doing. If they prefer to leave it up to the court that's their choice But a problem is not going to go away because legislators aren't dealing with it. People say we're activist, but we're doing our job.

Jul. 12, 1999 - quoted in the National Post