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May Advocate 2017

THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 333 Often, it is forthcoming. At the time of writing, the travel ban is still under review, a House Intelligence Committee investigation into the president’s ties with Russia is being undermined by its own chair, the administration’s first attempt at ramming through its legislative agenda has been thwarted by a divided majority, conflicts of interest abound and the intelligence community has gathered and appears to continue to gather information about the president and his team. This type of news cycle means that a publication such as ours (published every two months) is unable to meaningfully comment on the very latest shocking development. We are, however, prepared to encourage our readers to look for the many silver linings in the clouds brewing south of the border. The law is at work there—constitutional, administrative, even criminal. The checks and balances of the American system of government, put into place by the Founding Fathers to avoid the consolidation of power within a single branch of government, have perhaps never been so tested, but tested they ought to be to ensure that they work to the betterment of government of the people, by the people and for the people. As Canadians, we should appreciate that we have neighbours who have put in place a system of government that is being tested under exceedingly difficult circumstances and is proving, it would seem, to be a framework within which fundamental rights can be recognized and respected, no matter how dire or bleak the situation may be. The protection of legal rights in the face of perilous politics is something democracies everywhere can acknowledge, respect and appreciate. Further, there is no doubt that many Americans—whether they are dedicated lawyers fighting tirelessly for their clients’ rights, upstanding judges grappling with how the rights enshrined in the Constitution ought to be interpreted, or caring friends and family members reaching out to loved ones whose rights have been violated at the hands of #45’s misguided policies—are making inspiring efforts in the fight for justice, freedom and equality. These are values we all share; indeed, they are the cornerstones of any democracy. As such, we should be heartened to see that our friends to the south are making bold efforts to protect these values in times of great challenge. t t t t t


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