As a lawyer, who is also a visible minority and a member of the LGBQT community, I stand whole-heartily behind fostering equality and welcoming diversity in Canada and in the law society. For me, the SOP reflect the principles that we as lawyers/human beings should be upholding anyways. They are principally about conducting ourselves in a manner that recognizes the centrality of the human right to equality which is engendered through a respect for diversity, and inclusion.
I don’t see the SOP as a means for the law society to regulate our thought or speech. As a matter of fact, I think that who you are, what you like, what values you hold in your personal life is your own business. However, when it comes to your conduct as a member of the law society, that is a different story. I will always be a strong voice and advocate for diversity and inclusiveness. To be frank, cannot ignore the very real barriers of race, religion and gender which, historically, faced minorities seeking to practice in our profession. In my view, the SOP takes a step in the right direction to help eliminate these barriers, by bringing greater focus to this issue and establishing a stronger foundation for the future of the law society.