Supreme Court Decides Against Trinity Western
OTTAWA, ON – Mark Warawa, Member of Parliament for Langley – Aldergrove, today issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s (SCC) decisions in “Law Society of British Columbia (LSBC) v. Trinity Western University, et al.” and “Trinity Western University, et al. v. Law Society of Upper Canada”:
“I am surprised by the Supreme Court’s decisions in these two cases. Conservatives are calling on law societies across the country to admit graduates who exercise their Charter right to freedom of religion and expression,” stated Warawa.
Trinity Western University (TWU) is a private post-secondary institution in British Columbia that provides an education founded on evangelical Christian principles. In 2012, TWU submitted a proposal for accreditation of a School of Law. The Law Societies of British Columbia and Ontario denied accreditation to TWU. The respective decisions rose to the Supreme Court of Canada and were heard November 30 – December 1, 2017. On June 15, 2018, the Supreme Court of Canada affirmed Ontario and B.C. regulators’ denial of accreditation to TWU’s proposed School of Law.
“I worry that these decisions will erode our right to believe and express those beliefs in Canada,” Warawa concluded.