IN THE HOUSE | Question ~ Prime Minister Trudeau is now vetting potential judges through a Liberal donor base
Published: May 2, 2019
Categorised in: In the House
42nd Parliament, 1st Session
Context : Question
Mr. Peter Julian (New Westminster—Burnaby, NDP): Mr. Speaker, both the Liberals and the Conservatives made it clear that they are more interested in working for rich corporations than they are for Canadians. With Loblaws and SNC-Lavalin, the Liberals have shown whose side they are on and it is not on the side of regular people.
The current attorney general refuses to investigate the justice appointment leak. He seems to think that vetting judges through a partisan Liberal voter list is A-okay.
Whatever happened to the rule of law? Whatever happened to the promise that the Prime Minister would do things differently?
Hon. David Lametti (Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, our government has taken significant steps to make sure that we have in place a process for appointing judges that is transparent, that is merit-based and that enhances the diversity of the Canadian bench.
The new process is effective. We are at 296 judges appointed or elevated at this stage. The diversity of these appointments is unquestionable. Fifty-five per cent of them are women.
We are going to continue to ensure that our appointment process is merit-based, continues to be fair, continues to be open and continues to attract the very best candidates.