TWUVancouver: Toronto-based firm, Ruby Shiller Chan Hasan, and lawyers from Vancouver-based Janes Freedman Kyle Law Corporation, are suing the Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk for giving approval to Trinity Western University’s Law school.
The university’s policy on homosexuality has been point of heated debate. Gay-rights activists contend that University follows policies that do not reconcile to equality rights and religious freedom path followed by Canada.Several provincial law societies have launched their own reviews to debate whether to accredit future Trinity Western law graduates in light of concerns over the community covenant, with Ontario’s and Nova Scotia’s set to vote in late April.
But Trinity Western won a significant decision last Friday when benchers at the Law Society of B.C. voted 20 to 6 in favour of accrediting the proposed law school, electing after debate to guard the right to freely practise religious beliefs.
David Eby, provincial NDP opposition critic for advanced education has joined Ruby and company in voicing his displeasure with the approval. “The covenant is clearly discriminatory, and in this day and age to approve a law school at an institution that doesn’t treat gays and lesbian students the same as everyone else that goes to the school is bizarre,” he said in a statement sent to Asian Journal, adding that he would write a letter of protest to both Virk and Premier Christy Clark. “The government should be saying to Trinity Western, ‘Please fix the covenant to treat everyone the same,’” he said.In written reply to Asian Journal’s query on this matter Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk stated, “I can confirm government has been served with this petition respecting my decision to approve the Trinity Western law degree. The deadline for government to respond is April 29. It would be inappropriate to comment before the legal response is filed.”