Imagine the hue and cry if Stephen Harper, on the eve of either an election in which his party’s prospects didn’t look rosy or his own well-planned departure from politics, filled a couple of vacancies on the Supreme Court of Canada — months before there even were vacancies.
Lawyers and lawyers’ groups would be crying foul. Political opponents would be howling. At the Toronto Star, columnists and editorial writers surely would be fainting in horror. Everywhere, obituaries would be written mourning the incursion into judicial independence.
Yet that’s what it looks like Premier Dad, as former Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty was known, did — and, of course, being widely seen as a benevolent embodiment of conventional Canadian values, Mr. McGuinty got away with it unscathed.
On Friday, Jan. 25 from the provincial attorney-general’s office came the announcement that two new associate chief justices of the Ontario Court, the busiest…
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