Beatty et al
- Dear All,
The Federal Court has scheduled a full day hearing for Beatty et al v
The Chief Statistician et al on May 6, 2003 in their Calgary court room
commencing at 9:30 am. Gowning up for the good guys will be Paul Clark,
Dianne Hunter and me. We are expecting two Justice Department lawyers
to present argument on behalf of the Powers of Darkness. Dougald Brown
of Ottawa will be representing the Privacy Commissioner. The
Information Commissioner was removed as a party to this particular
action at his own request last year.
The lawyers are very excited.
This hearing will take place in a court room open to the public but
these courtrooms are not large and the arguments will be interesting
only to legal minds. Before driving across country to attend, ask
yourself - can you really listen to a full day's debate on the statutory
interpretation of a century old Order-in-Council and the fine points of
administrative law? The policy issues and importance of access to the
census to our family, local and national history will be referred to
only in passing (unless the Judge asks). Any of you who do want to
attend, PLEASE ask me about court room etiquette in advance.