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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 6 N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 7 893 THE ATTORNEY GENERAL’S PAGE By the Honourable David Eby, Q.C.* A JUSTICE AGENDA THAT WORKS FOR BRITISH COLUMBIANS It was a great honour to be chosen by Premier John Horgan to become B.C.’s new Attorney General. I would like to use this column to introduce myself, thank those who assisted me in preparing to take on this challenging and exciting new role, and share with you the new direction of our government and the Attorney General’s office. AN INTRODUCTION I went to law school in Halifax with a plan that I would graduate to work as a lawyer and help those on the margins. That aspiration is not unique among fresh-faced law students; I have been very fortunate in being supported by so many in pursuing this work throughout my career. Murray Mollard gave me my first summer law job, writing The Arrest Handbook for the B.C. Civil Liberties Association (“BCCLA”). It was the first Law Foundation–supported project I worked on. Since then, I have seen the work funded by the Law Foundation change many lives for the better—all of B.C.’s lawyers should be proud of the difference they make by contributing to the Law Foundation the interest generated through their trust accounts. After that formative summer job I joined the board of the BCCLA† and later worked as the BCCLA’s executive director for many years. I shared files with remarkable lawyers like Grace Pastine, Carmen Cheung, Raji Mangat, Robert Holmes, Q.C., Lindsay Lyster and Micheal Vonn. * The Honourable David Eby, Q.C., is British Columbia’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General. † B.C.’s two most recent Attorneys General, Andrew Wilkinson, Q.C., and I, though from quite different political parties, have served on the board of the BCCLA. Cross-partisan support for the BCCLA is one of many likely explanations for why British Columbia holds a special place in Supreme Court of Canada jurisprudence on rights and freedoms.


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