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Blog by Arnold Shuchat | June 20th, 2017


My 1st year constitutional law professor, Stephen Scott, once proclaimed the following quote, with a dry and sarcastic smile, about which I thought little at the time.  After 37 years, I just remembered it, or words to like effect, googled it, and it definitely serves to illuminate our current political environment in British Columbia.  The quote is attributable to Gideon J. Tucker, an American lawyer and newspaper editor who lived in the 19th century.  It goes like this:

“No man's life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.”

If you sit back and think about BC's current situation in the above context, we have never really been in a more stable mode of government than we are right now.  Until the premiership and the ruling party issues, the matter of the speaker of the house and any votes requiring the confidence of the house are settled, there will be no sudden changes to any laws.  We can't expect any knee jerk new taxes relating to housing, property transfer or foreign interest issues, beyond what we have now.

It may not be the best way to move forward and make our province an even better place than it is.  However, from the standpoint of stability and keeping government away from my pie, from a legal sense, it doesn't get any better than right now!  Relax and enjoy the feeling of "no surprises". It may not last too long!