What I Wish I Had Told My Children
Imprint: University of Ottawa Press
In this intimate volume, Michel Bastarache reveals details of his youth in Acadia and his multiple professional roles before becoming the first Acadian justice to sit on the Supreme Court of Canada. In a letter addressed to his two children who died from an incurable disease, Me. Bastarache recounts his constant fight for equality between francophone and anglophone communities. He reminisces on his commitment among groups protecting francophones outside Québec, then on his careers as teacher, civil servant, lawyer, and judge.
In this story, Bastarache takes the reader backstage to his most important causes and he reveals some of the secrets of the highest court in Canada. Me. Bastarache weighs in on the controversy surrounding the Inquiry Commission on the process for appointing judges of the Court of Québec, as well as his mediator work for reconciliation and compensation of alleged victims of sexual abuse by ex-priests in New Brunswick.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
What of Acadia?
The Task Force That Would Change Everything
The Battle of Alberta
Salesman, Teacher, Bureaucrat, Lawyer
The New Justice
A Historic Case
Not in my Court
The Battle Rages On
Farewell to the Court
One Hellish Commission
One Last Fascinating Chapter