And that's, apparently, what she relied upon as she and the supreme court reversed the Conservative government's 2012 decision to deny failed refugee claimants, tourists for all intents and purposes, from receiving public health care benefits.
According to Colby Cosh writing in Macleans magazine Hon. Justice Anne Mactavish looked at newspapers and magazines to consider what constitutes "cruel and unusual punishment" to "a large segment of the population." And who, may you ask, is this large segment of the population?
...doctors, who gave dissatisfied statements to the press; provincial politicians, whose luminous anger was conveyed through that same press; and editorialists and columnists, whose collective indignation, plopped on a page in haste, was compiled into a “compendium” for her perusal.To put it another way the marginal elite minority view.
Had she bothered herself to read beyond the final word of the final sentence of the concluding paragraph of each news item she referenced and read what Canadians had to say about the cuts in the comments (providing comments were allowed) she'd realize a considerable amount of Canadians supported them.
But Anne Mactavish goes to diner parties, not BBQs so I doubt she knows, or cares, what the average Canadian thinks.
So here it is again where the marginal elite view of the Canadian establishment gets to set the agenda regardless of popular public opinion while we pretend we live in a functioning democracy.