Maybe it is true that we should never meet our heroes, – or maybe we need to be our own heroes. Have a look at this great piece by Amna Quereshi, recent Ottawa Law grad, in the Toronto Star. I can’t say that I was at all surprised or any further disappointed by former Justice Claire L’Heureux-Dubé’s position on the Quebec Charter of Values, but I think that Amna’s piece exposes some of the reasons that we could be surprised. I’m glad Amna had a chance to meet the judge, and to revise her impressions. Lionizing judges is one way of coping with law school (remember all the love for Denning?) but it can be a very tricky business. Especially when they are still out there, saying things.
Standing beside you, I felt a great sense of connection and shared passion for the law, equality and justice. I remember this meeting so clearly and often look back on it as a pivotal moment in my life — a symbol of how far I have come. You see, having been born and raised in rural Alberta with parents who had emigrated from Pakistan to give us a better life, I faced tough odds to get to where I am today. I have fought against oppression for much of my life and feel that I thrive in spite of it even today.Given all this, I was confused and shocked to read that you consider the complete face covering for Muslim women a sign of “oppression” and believe that explicit rules, entrenched in legislation, on what is unacceptable in the name of secularism will ensure that immigrants “become like us.”