Candidate bio description
I am a tax strategist working with clients and professional advisors across Canada. Together with my wife and three young daughters we make our home in Ancaster. I believe in that defense of individual liberty is the cornerstone of our justice system and it is rooted in tradition which needs to be embraced and celebrated. I was called to the Ontario Bar in 1996. I am a member of the Ontario Bar Association, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners, Canadian Tax Foundation, Hamilton Law Association, Conference for Advanced Life Underwriting, Advocis, the Royal Canadian Military Institute and the Albany Club.
What inspired you to run for bencher this year?
The Law Society has badly overreached its mandate. Rather than promote and self regulate the legal vocation it has become a bloated, expensive bureaucracy engaged in overtly political actions. While the profession needs to be monitored and in certain instances disciplined, it should exalt the practice of law and the concepts of fundamental justice. The Statement of Principles is the most egregious example of diversion from the LSO's true purpose. It seeks to coerce behaviour and have lawyers, the arbiters of the justice, geneflect to a particular ideology. Teh SOP must be repealed and the LSO returned to its first principles along with a health dose of fiscal restraint.
What do you believe is the biggest issue facing the legal profession?
Loss of trust in the profession because too many lawyers seek specific ideological outcomes rather than justice.
What would be your first priority upon election?
Repeal of the Statement of Principles and its associated apparatus.
What do you hope to achieve over the next four years as a member of Convocation?
To help return the LSO to its true purpose, namely to promote the legal profession, and collegiality among practitioners regardless of any imposed classifications. The LSO also must end its mission creep and reign in spending.
What's the most pressing concern for the profession in your region of the province?
Promotion of the profession and reassertion of the foundational concepts of law and justice in a free and democratic society based on individual liberty.
Do you support the requirement to create and abide by a statement of principles?
No. it is coerced behaviour and directs adherence to a particular ideology. Lawyers are dedicated to problem solving which inherently demands respect and understanding for all involved in the process, regardless of identity or classification. Lawyers should not be forced into preconceived notions, directed outcomes based on perceived historical wrongs. Lawyers should treat their colleagues, clients with respect.