THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 6 N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 7 929 Dear Sir, Re: Entre Nous (2017) 75 Advocate 649 Thank you to the Advocate for its recent Entre Nous column regarding the removal of the Begbie statue. This article was extensively referenced in a Vancouver Sun column by Mr. Mulgrew published on September 22, 2017. As a bencher of the Law Society, I would like to address the issue raised in the column. The comments in this letter are mine alone and do not reflect the views of the Law Society. While I enjoyed reading the column, with respect, it misses the point of the issue. The Law Society is not a museum, nor is it a place of academic debate regarding history. Rather, it is a present-day regulator of the legal profession in British Columbia and it has to fulfill the objects and duties set out in section 3 of the Legal Profession Act. The real question that the benchers were required to address was whether the Law Society’s ability to regulate the profession and to fulfill its goals were advanced or prejudiced by the presence of the Begbie statue. When the benchers unanimously voted to remove the Begbie statue, it was my judgment that ongoing work of the Law Society was prejudiced by the presence of the statue in our building. The Law Society must be an open and inclusive environment in order to do its job, and it was clear that members of our First Nations found the presence of the Begbie statue to be offensive and unwelcoming to them. It is very hard, if not impossible, to preserve and protect the rights and freedoms of all persons or to regulate the practice of law if a significant segment of the public feels unwelcome in our building. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR By R.C. Tino Bella* * Letters to the editor may be e-mailed to email@example.com.
Nov Advocate 2017
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