CONDOLENCE STATEMENT C O N D O L E
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C O N D O L E N C E ST A T EM E N T For Immediate Release Ministry of Attorney General 2009AG0001-000020 June 18, 2009 ATTORNEY GENERAL’S STATEMENT ON JUSTICE WILLIAM MCINTYRE VICTORIA – Attorney General Michael de Jong made the following statement today regarding the death of retired Supreme Court of Canada Justice William McIntyre: “Justice William McIntyre will be sadly missed by his colleagues in the justice system and by those who benefitted from the wisdom of his thoughtful decisions. He brought a tireless determination to his responsibilities as a Supreme Court of Canada justice, surpassed only by the meticulous nature of his legal reasoning. “His peers in Victoria, where he practised for over 20 years, may recall his sharp legal wit and concern for ensuring the law was accessible to those it served. While on the bench of the B.C. Court of Appeal, he distinguished himself by his belief that se ntencing must be framed by rationality, a broader social purpose and proportionality. “Justice McIntyre was a civil libertarian who, in the early days following the passage of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, set an enduring standard for the protection of freedom of expression and equality rights. He will be remembered for both his lasting contributions to criminal jurisprudence and for his commitment to balancing the rights of individuals with their responsibilities to society.” -30- Contact: Dave Townsend Senior Public Affairs Officer Ministry of Attorney General 250 387-4962 250 889-5945 (cell) For more information on government services or to subscribe to the Province’s news feeds using RSS, visit the Province’s website at www.gov.bc.ca.