The saga of Trinity Western’s proposed law school has been put on pause… for now. Yesterday, Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk officially revoked the province’s approval of the law school.
From the government’s statement:
“Based on the current situation, I have decided to revoke my approval of the proposed law school at Trinity Western University. This means the university cannot enroll any students in its proposed program.
The current uncertainty over the status of the regulatory body approval means prospective graduates may not be able to be called to the bar, or practise law, in British Columbia. This is a significant change to the context in which I made my original decision.
Once the legal issues are resolved, TWU will have the option to renew its request for consent.”
TWU released its own news item, quoting university president Bob Kuhn,
“It is difficult to conceive of a justifiable basis for the Minister to have revoked his approval of the school of law program. As a private Christian University, Trinity Western has demonstrated its place in Canada’s academic community, delivering some of Canada’s highest ranked professional programs. … We believe in diversity and the rights of all Canadians to their beliefs and values.”
“We remain committed to having a School of Law … and now have to carefully consider all our options. … There are such important rights and freedoms at stake that we may have no choice but to seek protection of them in court.”
Will this matter ultimately end up in the Supreme Court of Canada, as Law Society of BC president Jan Lindsay has said she “fully expects”? Only time will tell.