12 February 2007

Towards an Activist Bench

I can't say I'm surprised, but I'm disappointed that Harper has gerrymandered the judicial appointments committees so that the government now appoints a majority of the members. Probably worse is that he did it by creating a new voting member chosen from the police forces by the government, and taking away the vote of the member appointed by the judiciary. (Not quite taking away - they still get to vote if the other seven members are tied. Which seems mathematically unlikely.)
Forget the Canadian Bar Association and the Judicial Council - obviously the people who know best what our justice system needs are partisan hacks with no legal experience. Oh, and cops - because cops will certainly bring a valuable, unbiased, and knowledgeable perspective on our legal system.

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