One year ago, 134 law professors sent a letter to Conservative leader Stephen Harper. (Read the letter here). They refuted Harper's constitutional position on same-sex marriage.
I have always seen this letter as a baltantly political move. It is a classic case of an "appeal to authority" - professors give their legal opinion. Their opinion is merely a way to cloak their political views with a degree of authority.
It is within their right as legal professionals to submit such a letter to a party leader. But right does not equal responsibility. And it will be interesting to see whether law professors take up their responsibility as teachers of the law to explain why Paul Martin's/Dalton McGuinty's "reverse onus" proposal violates the Charter of Rights. The reverse onus proposal "would require those accused of gun crimes to demonstrate why they should be released."
Will Canada's law professors stand up and refute this position? Prove me wrong. Tell me these letters have nothing to do with politics. I want to believe. Really.