In 2001, the BC Liberal platform promised to improve administration of justice in the province through “determined leadership.”
In 2005, Premier Gordon Campbell told the Canadian Bar Association,
Improving access to justice and enhancing public confidence in the justice system can become a reality through the effective administration of justice.
In 2008, CBC reported:
…new figures show the average person facing a traffic offence can expect to spend 10 months waiting to appear before the courts — up from seven months just a year earlier.
Criminal cases now take an average of seven months to reach trial, one month longer than the previous year, and some are simply being thrown out due to time delays.
The deck chairs have been shuffled but only one of five occupants could mount a claim of competence; the current denizen least of all. This is the list of BC Liberal Attorneys General who guided BC to where justice is today:
- Geoff Plant, 2001-2005;
- Wally Oppal, 2005-2009;
- Mike de Jong, 2009-2010;
- Barry Penner, 2010-2011;
- Shirley Bond, 2011-2013.
And where is justice today? Largely in disarray, managed by incompetents. Out of many possibilities, one example:
- The M.V. Queen of the North ran aground and sank March 22, 2006. After four years, charges were laid against the ship’s fourth officer. Three years later, his trial begins. Click on this timeline for an expanded view:
If the ship’s fourth officer is convicted, inevitable appeals could keep this going for 12 years or more.