The House of Commons Justice Committee is going to study the federal government's decision to axe the Court Challenge Program, and I was invited to give my perspective on the matter at one of its hearings.
OK, I know what you're thinking.
"Gerry you're one of the top five political minds in the country. It's your duty to appear at these hearings and give the MPs the benefit of your political wisdom."
But take it from me. These hearings usually degenerate into anti-NCC smear attacks.
Here's what would have happened, had I agreed to appear before the Justice Committee:
Me: Well, Mr. Chairman this is why I think the Court Challenges Program is a waste . . .
Some outraged MP: Excuse me Mr. Nicholls, before you go on, can you please tell us why the National Citizens Coalition is a super-secret, right wing group that wants to overthrow the government.
Me: The NCC is ....
Some Other Outraged MP: And isn't the NCC the group that ran newspaper ads comparing me to a fat ugly pig!!!
Me: Well to be fair it was actually a cute litte pig but . .
Outraged MPs: Arrest him!
Yeah, it's much better if I pass on these type of affairs.