First we have various Letters to the Editor, including the Letter of the Day - Judges have proudly worn poppies in court.
Even the Record's editorial gives Justice Margaret Woolcott a blast (accompanied with all due respect) - The poppy should be welcome everywhere.
Justice Woolcott never said who might take offence at a police officer wearing a poppy. That's because, in reality, no one probably would take umbrage. However, the best response to someone who objects to the poppy would be a polite but firm, "tough.'' Police who wish to should continue wearing the poppy. As for Justice Woolcott, she should read a good history book.
Well, Stephen Taylor suggested a much more eloquent response should Const. Haines ever find himself in this situation again:
"Your honour, this symbol represents the sacrifice that braver Canadians than you or me made to have a free and fair court. It is a symbol, yes, much like the robes you wear and the gavel you use. It is this symbol which gives the ones you carry any authority, for without the sacrifice represented by those I honour, your symbols bear none."
-- Stephen Taylor
Afterwards, Stephen notes that in Canada we would refer to the judge as "Madam Justice".
Whatever you want to call Justice Woolcott, the message still rings true.
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