Edgar Schmidt is a Federal Lawyer who is refusing to shut up. Schmidt is challenging the Justice Department in Federal court over the constitutionality of key planks of the Conservative platform.
Justice Noël, pointing out to federal lawyer Alain Préfontaine that the government has taken away Mr. Schmidt’s income and reputation. “It’s unbelievable … Your client has done everything it can to kill this thing. The court doesn’t like that … We see that in different countries and we don’t like it … Canada is still a democracy.”
The core of the disagreement is the duty of the Minister of Justice to report to the House of Commons when legislation violates the Charter. For his loyalty, Schmidt has been suspended without pay.
“It’s my position that solicitor-client privilege is never available to protect illegal instructions,” Mr. Schmidt said in court.
For now it remains within the purview of the courts.