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Playing bench politics with Canada's courts

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In Ontario, it seems the provincial attorney-general thinks he can pick better judges.

Judges who think the way he does.

For years, that province has used a panel of jurists, the Judicial Appointments Advisory Council, to interview prospective judicial candidates and submit a list of top choices to the provincial government.

But now, Ontario Attorney General Doug Downey is not only arguing that the government should be allowed to pick from any candidate that meets the basic qualifications for a judgeship, but has argued that the government should be allowed to pick candidates that support his party’s policies. (He is apparently unaware of the concept of judicial independence, and feels that the judiciary........

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