CBC Forum: Should politicians weigh in on court cases?

  • Politicians should be free to comment on court cases, but only in very select circumstances.

    The cases should be completely over, i.e. decisions rendered and the appeal periods expired, and they should focus their remarks on the societal issues highlighted by the case, and not the specifics of the case, unless in so doing they help illustrate some greater point pertinent to the societal issue they are commenting upon.

    Failure to follow those broad guidelines results in political commentary that quickly degenerates into nothing more than pandering to a base audience, and risks - as we have recently seen - bringing both the political and judicial spheres into disrepute. As a citizenry we should expect, no, demand, more from our elected representatives.
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