Marie Henein, a prominent Toronto defence lawyer, is scheduled to speak at Bishops University in February, with the presentation live-streamed to St. Francis Xavier, Acadia and Mount Allison universities. Jasmine Cormier, a student at St. F.X. in Antigonish, has written an article in that university’s weekly newspaper, saying Henein’s selection serves to silence victims and perpetuate rape culture. Lawyer Marie Henein represented former CBC host Jian Ghomeshi, who was acquitted on all charges of sexual assault and choking following a trial that sparked a nationwide debate on how the justice system treats victims. Choosing the lawyer as a speaker at four Canadian universities is sparking debate on one Nova Scotia campus.
National Post columnist Barbara Kay joins the John Oakley show and says that “the concept that defending someone on a rape charge, means that you [perpetuating] rape, is crazy”. She continues by suggesting that these are women who talked about being strong and equal but now want to be treated like children who put their hands over their ears when someone says something they don’t like.