Thursday, April 11, 2013

The high flying gatekeeper?

Dear CyberSmokeBlog:

WOW, our Supreme Court of Canada Registrar doesn’t travel on the cheap! A few examples:

The February 6, 2013 meeting might be of interest to you Clare.

Kari Simpson
Drive For Justice/RoadKill Radio News

Dear Ms Simpson:
Thank you for the heads up. If there were a Canadian version of American documentary film maker Michael Moore it would be you - speaking of whom he once said, "Keep a very close watch on those in power." To which CyberSmokeBlog would add, "High flyers can sometimes be little critters."

Applying "Calculus 101" to the links you provided gave total expenses (Air Fare + Other Transporation + Accommodation + Meals and Incidentals + Others) of  $32,797.60 for 5 trips between March 17, 2012 and February 6, 2013.

For the benefit of readers, the February 6, 2013 trip was to Winnipeg (home of CyberSmokeBlog) where Registrar Bilodeau: had a business meeting with a law professor at the University of Manitoba; gave a presentation to students in the Faculty; and attended a forum and gala tribute dinner honouring a retiring former Manitoba Chief Justice - all for the taxpayer bargain basement price of only $2,251.82

But the good Mr. Bilodeau is in the news for another reason. Last month the Ontario Civil Liberties Association wrote Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin a letter of complaint suggesting the Registrar was not following proper procedure, in effect, improperly summarily dismissing complaints possibly resulting in inflated numbers of cases "successfully" dealt with by the Court. This is exactly what Mr. "Super" Self-Rep Chris Budgell ( has been arguing for some time - the so-called Gatekeeper function.
The only difference is "Super" is challenging Stormin' Norman Sabourin Executive Director/Senior General Counsel to the Canadian Judicial Council. Mr. Budgell has successfully filed an application for Judicial Review with the Federal Court of Canada. No date has yet been set for the hearing.
Wonder what Stormin' Norman's travel itinerary looks like?

Clare L. Pieuk


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