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lenges both solicitors and barristers to explain legal matters to themselves
and their non-lawyer friends, acquaintances and family.
Can it be possible that the talk show hosts and editorialists lobbing incendiary
accusations at Trump and his circle are not sued? Well, yes. U.S. defamation
laws are more forgiving for potential defendants, as Trump has
complained. In any event truth is a defence and to some of what he has been
accused of, Trump has confessed.
Could the president’s statements—any immunities aside—ever attract
liability for negligent misrepresentation when he says things without knowing
(even on trade, a topic he has supposedly thought about for years)
whether what he says is true? Well, perhaps not. The tort requires showing
that reliance was reasonable, and at this point, who in their right mind
would rely on what this president says as the basis for doing anything?
What exactly is obstruction of justice, and does firing or threatening to
fire government employees meet that test? Can one fire an employee (like
Rex Tillerson if not told before) by Tweet?
Would a “space force” (a project that President Trump floated recently)
violate international law? Possibly, at least depending on how it would be
equipped and where it would be based—the Outer Space Treaty provides
that parties “undertake not to place in orbit around the earth any objects
carrying nuclear weapons or any other kinds of weapons of mass destruction,
install such weapons on celestial bodies, or station such weapons in
outer space in any other manner”, that “the moon and other celestial bodies
shall be used by all parties exclusively for peaceful purposes”, and that
“the establishment of military bases, installations and fortifications, the
testing of any type of weapons and the conduct of military manoeuvres on
celestial bodies shall be forbidden.”
#8: We expect that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s political advisors
thank you for arming them with evidence that his educational, work and
athletic background is particularly suitable for today’s world. In obtaining a
bachelor of education degree and teaching elementary and high school students,
our prime minister no doubt became equipped to deal with bullies
and to persevere in trying to educate his audience. We are concerned only
that he taught at too high a grade level for the present sandbox.
And of course, there are the athletic capabilities that our prime minister
manifests. Canadians of all political stripes are likely confident that Prime
Minister Trudeau could beat both President Trump and former vice president
Joe Biden (who recently exchanged threats, capped with President
Trump tweeting his foe “would go down fast and hard, crying all the way”)
in the boxing ring, or in true peacekeeping form climb into the ring as ref-