Statement: Supreme Court rules against Trinity Western University’s proposed law school

Ottawa, ON

Today the Supreme Court of Canada ruled against Trinity Western University’s proposed law school. We are disappointed in the decision.

We agree with Justices Brown and Côté when they stated: “The decision not to approve Trinity Western University’s proposed law faculty is profound interference with religious freedom.” (Law Society of British Columbia v. Trinity Western University p. 256 Côté and Brown.)

They also said; “Pluralism, and the religious accommodation necessary to secure it, is inherently valuable. In a country whose people sometimes harbour conflicting moral values that cannot be reconciled to a single conception of how one should live life, there is wisdom in the idea that the public sphere is for all to share, even where beliefs differ.”

We are calling on law societies across the country to admit students who exercise their Charter Right to freedom of religion, expression and opinion.