Friday, August 5, 2005

Speaking of waiting times…

This just in: Justice in Canada may be fickle!

According to a press release, the Supreme Court of Canada has been trembling over its own assertiveness and has had eensy-weensy second thoughts about its judgment in the case on same-sex marriage… oh wait, not that newly sacred cow, this old one:

SUPREME COURT OF CANADA -- JUDGMENT IN APPLICATION FOR A RE-HEARING

OTTAWA, 2005-08-04-09:45EDT. THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA HAS TODAY DEPOSITED WITH THE REGISTRAR JUDGMENT IN THE FOLLOWING APPLICATION FOR A RE-HEARING.

FROM: SUPREME COURT OF CANADA (613) 995-4330
29272 Jacques Chaoulli et George Zeliotis c. Procureur général du Québec et Procureur général du Canada (Qc)

Coram: McLachlin C.J. and Major, Bastarache, Binnie, LeBel, Deschamps and Fish JJ.

The motion for a partial rehearing is granted. The Court’s judgment is stayed for a period of 12 months from the date such judgment was issued, namely June 9, 2005.
I wonder which part they're going to rehear, the bold one — about the unconstitutionality of bans on private health insurance — or the timid and obeisant one that gives the government an escape clause — about the contingency of constitutionality on something euphemistically called reasonable waiting times, whatever that is. With new Liberal appointments to the Supreme Court since the original case was heard, what do you think the odds are?

[Via Western Standard Shotgun and SDA.
Cross-posted at Dust My Broom.]

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