As a Bencher I voted to implement the Statement of Principles. It serves a positive, iterative function of self-reflection on how we interact with and treat others. We as lawyers have a duty to abide by the Rules of Professional Conduct and the Human Rights Code, to not discriminate and to protect the rights of our fellow citizens to be free from discrimination.
We also have a duty to protect the freedoms of our fellow citizens to think, opine, believe and express themselves as they see fit.
The requirement to have a Statement of Principles while not requiring any member of the Law Society to subject the content of their own personal Statement of Principles to review strikes the right balance between these competing ideals and obligations.