Canada’s Attorney General called to Ontario Bar
Canada’s Attorney General was today called to the Ontario Bar at a ceremony in Ottawa.
Law Society of Upper Canada Treasurer Janet E. Minor called The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, to the Bar of Ontario during the Ottawa Call to the Bar ceremony this afternoon.
The Special Call for the Attorney General was held under Section 1 of the Barristers Act. Minister Wilson-Raybould was called to the Bar of British Columbia in 2000.
Today’s ceremony took place by at the National Arts Centre. It was the first of six Call to the Bar ceremonies to be held across the province in June. The ceremonies admit Ontario’s newest lawyers to the legal profession.
The Minister delivered the keynote address to the more than 240 soon-to-be lawyers in the audience along with their family and friends, members of the judiciary, Law Society benchers and invited guests.
“As members of the Bar, you have earned a position of respect. It also gives you great power to truly help others,” she said to the candidates. “Make the most of your abilities, your unique skills, and the power that your law degree and now being called to the Bar affords you in whatever role you take on.
“Speak up against ignorance and injustice,” she continued, “and be an advocate in the broadest sense of the word. I truly believe that the only way we can achieve justice in our society is to understand injustice.”
Minister Wilson-Raybould was appointed Attorney General of Canada and Minister of Justice by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in November 2015. She is the first Indigenous person in Canada’s history named to the position. Read the biography of Minister Wilson-Raybould.
Once the 242 candidates were called to the Bar, Treasurer Minor addressed the new lawyers and offered insight into the ability to help others. “We need your innovation and creativity,” she said. “We are counting on you. You are privileged because you have the capacity to make a difference. You are empowered — you can help to empower others. When you do, in your work and in your life, I think you will find this kind of engagement is the most rewarding and fulfilling and it will give you the kind of happiness you feel today.” Read the full speech.