Courtesy of r/metacanada

Sheilah Martin has been appointed to Canada’s Supreme Court. With McLachlin stepping down, 3 of the 8 justices are now Quebec-born.

Martin is an apparent third-wave feminist, a neo-Marxist, and she will be gunning for the legal profession. Her sugar-coated focus is on: 

“increasing the number of under-represented groups in law schools and the legal profession.​”

Sheilah is best known for having thrown out the requirement for a psychiatric evaluation on the day of a Canadian medical patient’s euthanasia. 

Instead of detailing her charmed life advanced by kisses from Canada’s regressive left, let’s look instead at her publication history to get a sense of what kind of Supreme Justice she’ll be…

  • “Identifying and Addressing Gender Inequalities”, International Centre Colloquium, Civil Societies and the Establishment of Democratic States: A Discussion with Members of the Gorbachev Foundation, Calgary, Alberta, June 9, 1992
  • “Human Rights in the Workplace and the Importance of Diversity Initiatives”, City of Edmonton Diversity Workshop, Edmonton, Alberta, April 1997
  • “Criminalizing Commercial Surrogacy”, Alberta Civil Liberties Research Centre, Calgary, Alberta, February 5, 1997
  • “The Duty to Accommodate in Human Rights Law”, Saskatchewan Employment Equity Practitioners Association, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, October 23-24, 1996
  • “Changing Practices in the Legal Profession to Foster Equality”, College of Law Practice Management Annual Induction Ceremony, Toronto, Ontario, April 20, 1996
  • “Employment Equity and Diversity in Relation to Law: Examples of University Practices in Equity”, Public Service Commission of Canada, Calgary, Alberta, November 8, 1995
  • “What Every Lawyer Needs to Know About Equality”, Saskatchewan Legal Education Society, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, November 17, 1994
  • “What Canada has done in Relation to Gender Equality”, Conference Sponsored by the Canadian Government for Mexican Judges, Mexico City, Mexico, March 14-15, 2013
  • “Judicial Education on Social Context Issues”, International Organizations for Judicial Training Conference, Sydney, Australia, October 2009
  • “A Comparison of Equality Rights in Canada and the United States”, Canadian-American Appellate Judges Seminar, Victoria, British Columbia, October 26-29, 2003
  • “Designing Judicial Education Programs with Equality in Mind”, National Association of Women Judges of South Africa, Capetown, South Africa, October 2003
  • “Equality Rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the Status of Women in Canada”, 13th Commonwealth Law Conference, Melbourne, Australia, April 2003
  • Equality, Race, Gender and Class Bias in Judicial Education”, various presentations to judges and other organizations in Capetown, Pretoria and Johannesburg, South Africa, February 24 to March 1, 1996
  • “Entrenched Constitutional Rights to Equality in Canada”, Association of Labour Lawyers, Perth, Australia, November 1996
  • “Legal Education and Fiscal Restraint”, University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, November 1996
  • “Women in Legal Education”, Law School Admission Council Annual Meeting and Educational Conference, St. Petersburg Beach, Florida, May 30, 1996
  • “Gender Bias and Judicial Neutrality”, Equality and Justice Conference, Australian Institute of Judicial Administration, Ballarat, Australia, October 18-20, 1995
  • “The Changing Nature of the Family”, Annual Family Service Canada Conference, Regina, Saskatchewan, October 22-24, 1992
  • “Issues Affecting Women in the Legal Profession”, Regina Chapter Luncheon, National Association of Women and the Law, Regina, Saskatchewan, October 23, 1992
  • “Gender Equality Facilitator Training Session”, Ontario Court of Justice (Provincial Division), Toronto, Ontario, February 14-17, 1992
  • Proving Gender Bias in the Law and the Legal System“, A Research Consultation on How to Study Gender Bias in the Law, the Courts and the Legal Profession, Vancouver, British Columbia, November 1-2, 1991
  • “Toward a Women Centred View of Legal Controls on Human Reproduction”, Human Rights in the Twenty First Century, Banff, Alberta, November 9-12, 1990
Some of Martin’s most meaningful accomplishments include:
 
Suing the GOVERNMENT and CHURCHES without proof of personal loss, recoverable damages, and attendance:
“When I was a lawyer and academic, I was asked by Grand Chief Phil Fontaine of the Assembly of First Nations to become a member of a team tasked with reformulating an approach to redress the harms caused by the forced attendance of tens of thousands of Indian children at residential schools. At the time, there were numerous class actions brought by private law firms against governments and churches. The federal government had introduced an alternative process to litigation, which was limited to compensating individuals, but only after they had proven their attendance, personal losses and recoverable damages. I was one of three lawyers on a multi-disciplinary team which included survivors, elders, and Indigenous People from across Canada. The enormity of the harms suffered called for a different approach based on the wider themes of truth and reconciliation. We worked together to formulate a comprehensive settlement: a recognition of the truth of what had occurred; a meaningful apology; redress for inter-generational and cultural harms; personal compensation in an accessible process; community rejuvenation; and the establishment of a Truth and Reconciliation Commission.”
Making sure a Canadian in pain had a state-sanctioned murder:
 Presiding on this and other assisted dying cases deepened my knowledge of life, law, and what it means to be a trial judge. Sitting in that chair and managing those competing interests in an emotionally charged courtroom has helped me be a better appellate judge.”
 She wants the judiciary to be more greatly empowered, contra Parliament:
 Best to be “…moving from a system of parliamentary supremacy to one of constitutional supremacy strengthened and expanded the judiciary’s traditional role as the custodian of individual rights and freedoms. “
We are looking forward to Sheilah circumnavigating the will of the people as expressed by their representatives on the Hill, and to an all-out war on meritocracy in the legal profession.