The Cremation of Common Sense

[This poem was inspired by a current court case(Yukon Francophone School Board, Education Area #23 v. Attorney General of the Yukon Territory) before the Supreme Court of Canada.]

In the frost of February French students learn

How Canada’s legal system operates

When obstinate litigants have money to burn.

Rather than sitting down talking in turn

In the Yukon no party ever negotiates

In the frost of February French students learn.

We all know appeal courts like to churn

Good citizens into inebriates

When obstinate litigants have money to burn.

A teacher may not earn what a judge can earn

The inequity, justice only exacerbates

In the frost of February French students learn.

The Supreme Court of Canada is stiff and stern

No one wins when Ottawa mink adjudicates

When obstinate litigants have money to burn.

For adequate education all parents yearn

Let’s all argue as Sam McGee incinerates

In the frost of February French students learn

When obstinate litigants have money to burn.

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