But the Law Society went beyond this and required all the province’s lawyers to join the Law Society’s ”accelerating culture shift” and proclaimed every lawyer’s obligation to “promote” equality, diversity, and inclusion. This was a scandalous promotion of personal values and enforced thought and dogma that in itself compromised the dignity and liberty of all of the members of the legal profession in the province. It is a dictation of values to be held and spread and transmitted and not merely a regulation of conduct. Of course, under such a regime, it immediately becomes impossible to distinguish between a lawyer fairly evaluating the talent, aptitude, and suitability of people competing for a position from a lawyer exercising a prejudiced preference of appearance, ethnicity, age, sex, sexual orientation, or disability.
The whole initiative was obnoxious and obtuse nonsense but the imposition of the obligation to promote equality was the real show-stopper, and a StopSOP group of candidates was elected as benchers of the Law Society, taking the incumbents by surprise, and they managed by a narrow margin to repeal the Statement of Principles, which could have been construed as requiring them to agitate aggressively for gestures of compulsory equality and diversity in any clubs, associations, social groups, or religious denominations where any Ontario lawyer was active.