Mr. Speaker, much to the dismay of the Robert family of North Bay, Ontario, the Minister of Justice appointed Mr. John Desotti to the Ontario bench. The minister did so despite the fact that Mr. Desotti was still under review by the Law Society of Upper Canada.
Mr. Reginald Robert died one month before his three year old complaint against John Desotti was to be resolved by the law
society. Just 17 days before his wife, Mrs. Valerie Robert, a senior citizen was to conclude this case on behalf of her late husband, the justice minister threw a cloak of immunity over John Desotti. This newly appointed judge was removed from the jurisdiction of the law society and moved beyond the reach of the Robert family.
What did the justice minister have to say about this reprehensible abuse of his power? "If Mrs. Robert doesn't like it, take Desotti to court", was his reply. It is time the Prime Minister stepped in and set things right for the Robert family and dealt with the justice minister who has run roughshod over the rights of a senior citizen of this country.