Thursday, February 16, 2006

"The charter helps only murderers, pedophiles and judges": Stockwell Day's senior advisor

Public Eye Online has the scoop on Scott Newark, the new senior policy advisor to Stockwell Day, Canada’s new Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada. The Cons have been having a hard time finding senior staff, so he must be quite a catch.

When he was executive director of the Canadian Police Association in January 1998 he was quoted by Alberta Report in an essay entitled “The makings of a counter-revolution.” Here’s a few of his quotes, via

Anything effective in law enforcement will inevitably be forbidden under the Charter [the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms]. As we always say, the charter helps only murderers, pedophiles and judges. This year the Supreme Court decreed, on the authority of the Charter, that the provinces must give their judges pay raises.

[Judicial activism and judge-made law] What we have now in Canada is a supposedly enlightened despotism--rule by people who think they know so much better than everybody else. Well, no thanks. I'm in favour of anything that brings [judges] back under the rule of law--public reviews of candidates, public petitions to force performance reviews of sitting judges, and Section 33 [the "notwithstanding clause"]--every time they do something crazy.

Here’s some more words of wisdom from Mr. Newark, who as also an Alberta crown attorney and held a senior security position in the Mike Harris government.

"The linkage between human rights violations and not selling arms is typically wrongheaded to begin with," stated Scott Newark, a Canadian security commentator. “Let's face it, Myanmar, Zimbabwe and the Sudan are no doubt nasty places but we really don't need to be that worried about what they might get up to with French fighter jets or German submarines.”

--Jan. 29, 2004,

Sounds like just the guy to be providing policy advice to the Minister of Public Safety. I feel safer already.

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Anonymous said...

Oh God...

Lord Kitchener's Own said...

Don't let Ezra hear that the Charter only protects murderers, pedophiles and judges! Apparently he's had a conversion and is now counting on the "stupid charter" to protect his freedom of the press.

Steve V said...

This is one of the guys that was hidden deep within the earth's mantle during the election campaign.

Mark said...


But apparently today the Charter helps "self proclaimed Stockaholics" too.

Anonymous said...

Ol'Stock pulled a stinker when he announced his candidacy for leadership of the "alliance" he said to the effect that it's time judges learned it's politicians who make the law. So I'd worry a bit about the boss, too (by the way, anyone note that ol' Stock's the #2 in Justice?)
Expect the new fellas on the block to be bringing in a few changes; kinda related to, "the hidden agenda". Anyone remember that one?
They'll take us back to a kangaroo court system and stoning at the gates of the city if they have to, just to show us they truly are Gods chosen people. Kinda like in Iran, only ..... different .... because.

Anonymous said...

Well logically, Ezra must be one of a murderer, a pedophile, or a judge. I'm guessing he's a closet judge.

Anonymous said...

what part did Stock get wrong,young offenders with 3 year sentences for murder,judges who call child porn art,what country are you clowns living in.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Newark happens to be a brilliant man whose input and advice is sought out by many organizations. But don't let me get in the way of this fascinating discussion.