Thank you, Chair.
My first question will be for the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers. You did state that you had some concerns. You said that the goals of the bill are laudable but you had some concerns over judicial independence because, through this bill, applicants are required to undertake to participate in education on sexual assault law.
Could you not argue, though, that we are still respecting judicial independence because we are going to have no role whatsoever in how a judge uses that education? They are still going to be completely free and impartial when they present their decision in a particular case.
If not through this bill, what role should Parliament play in making sure our judges are accountable? We have seen recent examples where judges are using outdated myths and stereotypes.
I would like to hear your thoughts on those two questions, please.