One Ontario judge is paying for his support of Donald Trump. The 27-year veteran arbiter of justice received the second strongest penalty that liberal Canada can issue last week. He was suspended for 30 days without pay from the beach, all for wearing a “Make American Great Again” hat for a few hours on November 9, 2016.
One the day after the glorious presidential election where lying, cheating Hillary Clinton was handed a delicious defeat by Donald Trump, Justice Bernd Zabel donned a MAGA hat in Hamilton court. However, in socialist Canada, freedom of expression on the beach is a serious violation. Zabel was investigated for his boorish behavior.
A number of friends and colleagues testified on Zabel’s behalf for the Ontario Judicial Council, which enforces the conduct of judges under their rule. A total of 81 meager complaints were filed from the public concerning the act, but many were issued by minority rights groups and other progressive activists.
Alt-left individuals exclaimed that the stunt was a political endorsement of a person they despise, but in reality, the judge wore the hat as an internal joke among friends. People in the courtroom that day giggled at his headwear, but no outrage was seen.
He actually explained that to the Ontario panel saying “What I did was wrong. I wish to apologize for my misguided attempt to mark a moment in history by humor in the courtroom, following the surprising result in the United States election,” according to the document.
He added, “This gesture is not intended in any way as a political statement or endorsement of any political views, and in particular, the views and comments of Donald Trump.”
Basically, he told the panel that him and a few others had debated about the likelihood of Donald Trump becoming president of the United States. Zabel contended that it was possible and probable. He wore the hat as a little victory rub.
The decision also listed the behavior of the judge as appearing to endorse, “misogynistic, racist, anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant, and homophobic views, which are completely at odds with Canadian values.”
Most conservatives, both here and in Canada, find that verbiage a little offensive and based on liberal lies. Trump is not a racist, as has been proven a number of times, nor is he anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, or homophobic. That sort of slander shouldn’t be permitted in a country that is supposed to be an ally, or at least, the panel should have been educated and dismissed it.
The test for judicial bias in Canada is based on a “reasonable observer” test. Yet, because of this one instance resulting from an in-office joke, this judge was formally reprimanded.
Justice Marjoh Agro, a judge on the same bench, testified at the hearing last month for her colleague. She explained that she had seen it as they were going into court. “I remember that day all too well. I deeply regret not ripping that hat off his head,” she said. Yet, she also said that Zabel was a man who was an advocate for women and consistently respectful to all people.
After the one-day hearing, the panel issued its decision: a formal reprimand on Zabel’s spotless career and the 30-day suspension. The council stated that he “violated the fundamental principle that the judiciary must remain above and removed from politics.”
Only a full removal from office would have been more severe, the summary said. “The decision is what is it. We’re happy with part of the result. I would’ve been happier with [just] a reprimand,” Zabel’s attorney Ricardo Federico told reporters.
So basically, Canada issued the most stringent punishment they could for Zabel without removing him from office. In America, there aren’t panels that have the power to arbitrarily remove judges, and most liberty-loving citizens are thankful for that.
The 69-year-old will be back on the bench next month, but it’s a keen reminder that in Canada, liberals control the actions of judges—at least when it concerns President Trump.