Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Law societies and proxy wars

Skippy the Wonder Dog points out one of Warren Kinsella's recent musings. Pointing to Reynolds' recent complaint to the Law Societies of Upper Canada and British Columbia about the unlawyerly behaviour of Murphy and Dosanjh in the Grewal affair, Kinsella writes:
This represents the latest trend in Canadian politics: lodging complaints to provincial Law Societies against political enemies. In my own case, that Left Coast head case Norman Spector used his Globe and Mail column to urge that someone lodge a complaint against me - as did a number of right-wing arsewipes and nobodies who maintain blogs. I spoke to a few folks at the Law Society of Upper Canada about the tactic, and they told me that their body - which regulates the conduct of Ontario's lawyers - does not like, at all, being used to advance political agendas. And that they won't let that happen. Interesting.
One only hopes that he is right. Once such allegations are made, of course, the Law Society is obliged to look into them, and we know that the process has been set in motion in British Columbia (see here).

But one wonders whether complaints could not be laid the other way. The transcripts that have been released to the public--even the 'corrected' version of June 5--are highly problematic: there are portions of the Punjabi conversation that are missing from them. (See here and here). Were these flawed transcripts also delivered to the RCMP? And are tapes being held back that are relevant to this investigation?

But these, too, would surely involve breaches of professional ethics if any lawyer was a part of them. But, then, we don't know who in Harper's office helped Grewal edit the tapes (see here), and that's part of the problem.