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Sunday, November 15, 2009

One Way or Another, We Gonna Get Ya

Posted on Sun, Nov 15, 2009 at 8:28 AM

I read that the Cape Breton mayor, John Morgan, is being charged by the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society for lawyerly misconduct. This charge comes after he proved unsuccessful in his bid to sue the provincial government for unfair distribution of federal equalization funding. Commenting that he felt that he must go outside the province to receive an unbiased ruling is apparently a no-no. Or at least, the person who ran to the barristers society to tattletale on him thinks it is.

There is something about this that bothers me. Although Morgan is a lawyer (non-practicing at this time), , he was acting and speaking as the Mayor. And, just the fact that the Supreme Court of Canada does exist to hear cases that cannot be resolved within their own region shows that the federal government agrees with Morgan. So, why is he being charged? It seems petty and devious. It makes me think that he is being targeted, perhaps punished, for daring to complain that Cape Breton is not being treated fairly by the Nova Scotia government.

It bothers me because John Morgan is not only a mayor and a lawyer, but he is a citizen who has the same rights as I do, I would think. If he can be strong-armed or punished for speaking out against unfair treatment by the province than so can I.


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