We will make the Supreme Court appointment process more transparent.
Under Stephen Harper, the all-party Supreme Court appointment process has been disrespected and degraded, culminating in the Prime Minister’s unprecedented attacks on the Chief Justice.
We will restore dignity and respect to the relationship between government and the Supreme Court. We will work with all parties in the House of Commons to ensure that the process of appointing Supreme Court Justices is transparent, inclusive, and accountable to Canadians.
We will ensure that the process involves proper consultation with authorities throughout the legal profession, including the provinces, provincial law societies, provincial appellate and superior courts, and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. We will ensure that all those appointed to the Supreme Court are functionally bilingual.