Canadian Lawyer Interviews – 1979 (Throwback Thursday)

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Morris Shumiatcher

By Melanie Hodges Neufeld

In 1979, Canadian Lawyer magazine published a series of interviews with prominent members of the profession entitled “In Camera”. The interviewees included Irwin Cotler, Robert Lemieux, Lord Denning and Saskatchewan’s own Morris Shumiatcher. These interviews give a fascinating glimpse into their views on the profession and the state of the world at the end of the decade. Here is a collection of quotes from those interviews. For the complete articles, please visit the Regina branch or contact us.

“Every lawyer is an optimist; he would never enter the profession if he wasn’t” – Morris Shumiatcher

“Our procedure for securing our personal freedom is efficient, but our procedure for preventing the abuse of power is not. Just as the pick and shovel is no longer suitable for the winning of coal, so also the procedure of mandamus, certiorari, and actions on the case are not suitable for the winning of freedom in the new age….” – Lord Denning on abuse of power

“You can’t always predict what the Soviet Union will do: as Churchill said, ‘it’s an enigma wrapped in a riddle’. “ – Irwin Cotler

“Canadian democracy to me is 1917 in the streets of Quebec City, when they opened up with machine gun fire and killed five people.” – Robert Lemieux

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