Libertarian student group Runnymede Society seeks to shake up Canada's legal culture - 2019-09-10

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F132.png Libertarian student group Runnymede Society seeks to shake up Canada's legal culture September 10, 2019, Sean Fine, Globe and Mail

A libertarian student group has developed a growing presence in law schools, where it seeks to shake up a legal culture it views as devoutly uncritical of the Supreme Court and established Canadian legal norms.

From a tiny group on a handful of campuses three years ago, the Runnymede Society now has a presence on nearly all of the country's 18 law campuses where it is fighting for the hearts and minds of young people who will go on to careers in legal practice, academia, politics and business, and as judges.

Similar to the influential Federalist Society in the United States, which also started as a student group, Runnymede has a core view that judges too often are guided by their own political preferences, rather than applying the law. In its first book of essays, published late last month with the provocative title Attacks on the Rule of Law From Within, and in edgy remarks at its events from leading judges, it has sought to spark a debate on some cherished Canadian principles, such as the Charter of Rights and Freedoms being a living tree that changes with the times.

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