Record beyond Reproach

By Joseph Di Luca
Globe and Mail
October 24, 2008

Toronto -- Justice Harry LaForme's resignation as chair of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission is truly a troubling event (Native Leaders Divided Over Future Of Residential Schools Panel - Oct. 22). More troubling is the unhelpful comments of some leaders of the aboriginal community.

Bill Wuttunee suggested that Judge LaForme was less than qualified for the position. He then asked if Judge LaForme had "the enthusiasm to work in that position or was he too lazy?"

Suggestions that Judge LaForme is unqualified or lazy could not further miss the mark. His appointment was met with universal acclaim. His work ethic during his accomplished career speaks for itself.

The judge's resignation is telling. I am certain it was a decision he agonized over and only reached due to the impossibility of the situation in which he found himself.


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