THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 6 P A R T 1 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 8 137
By R.C. Tino Bel
LAWYERS AND THE LAW*
An Address by Walter S. Owen, Esq., Q.C.,
President of the Canadian Bar Association at a banquet in his honour by the
members of the British Columbia Bar
(The mid-winter meeting of the CBABC was in session at this time)
We live in an age which presents the legal profession with
momentous challenges. The task of constructing the
framework of law, within which a free but highly industrialized
society can flourish, is one of increasing difficulty.
As our people have come to expect more and more from government, the
objectives of law have become more complex and subtle. Law is no longer
concerned merely with the protection of life and property; it now has the
task of regulating economic activity and the use of property in a way that
will protect the public from abuses of power but not so restrict freedom as
to smother enterprise.
Statutes and regulations governing almost every aspect of business activity
now complicate the operation of every commercial enterprise and no
business can survive for long without the constant assistance of lawyers.
And so law is called upon to establish and administer a system of social
security whereby society shares the risk and impact of some of the most
important hazards or burdens of life such as unemployment, industrial accidents,
ill health, old age and the rearing of children.
* Reprinted from (1959) 17 Advocate 57.