Stephen Harper won’t politicize the Supreme Court – it’s the lower-court appointments we should be concerned about.
Wayne MacKay (C.M., B.A., B.Ed., M.A., LL.B.) has had a distinguished career as a university administrator, legal scholar, respected teacher, and constitutional and human rights expert. He has served as president and vice-chancellor of Mount Allison University, and an adviser to governments, national agencies, and tribunals on Canadian diversity issues, constitutional issues, and civil rights and human rights initiatives. Most recently, he has returned to teaching as a law professor at Dalhousie University. In June, 2005, he was appointed a member of the Order of Canada. Noted for his teaching, innovative research, and writing, Prof. MacKay has been honored by universities, faculty, and colleagues for his outstanding contributions to academic excellence. He is Canada’s leading authority on education law, and has written several books on this complex subject. He has also written over 60 academic articles in the fields of constitutional law and human rights. As a professor for over 20 years at Dalhousie University’s respected Faculty of Law, he earned a reputation for strong commitment to the teaching and learning experience. His concern for accessibility and equity within the Canadian legal system prompted him to be part of envisioning and implementing the Indigenous Black and Mi'kmaq Program at the law school. He became the law program’s first director, and in recognition of his continuing commitment and contribution to diversity initiatives, the Nova Scotia government appointed him executive director of the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission in 1995. Prof. MacKay's broad knowledge, background, and distinguished record of achievement have resulted in a high demand for his wise counsel as a legal consultant and change agent. He speaks to diverse audiences on constitutional reform and Charter of Rights issues. In 2005, he conducted a year-long review of inclusive education in New Brunswick and generated a major report for the New Brunswick government on reforming the education system in that province. He has received numerous awards and special recognition for his achievements, including the WPM Kennedy Memorial Award for the most distinguished law professor in Canada and the Walter Tarnopolsky Human Rights Award. He was also appointed a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International in February 2005. Prof. MacKay has served on several royal commissions, university task forces, and professional practice committees of the Canadian bar. He is a prior member of the Nova Scotia Pay Equity Commission, and has sat as a tribunal member for the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. He also served as a member and director of the latter body at different times. He is an active member of Lawyers for Social Responsibility, the Canadian Association of Law Teachers, and the Canadian Law Foundation, and, is vice-chair of the International Centre for Human Rights and Democracy based in Montreal.