April 16, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, ON – The Honourable Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition, sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau this afternoon calling on him to investigate recent judicial leaks before appointing a new Justice to the Supreme Court of Canada.
The following is an excerpt from the letter:
“Canadians must have confidence in our justice system and its highest authority; the Supreme Court of Canada. In order to protect these institutions, you must immediately launch an inquiry into these damaging, politically motivated leaks. Until that inquiry is concluded, you must refrain from appointing a new Justice to the Supreme Court of Canada. Should you continue to refuse to open an investigation, Canadians will have no choice but to conclude that you and your advisors were complicit in these leaks.”
It goes on to say:
“In addition, you must ensure that members of your office who have politically interfered in judicial matters in the past, as identified by Jody Wilson-Raybould in her testimony, are not involved in the selection process of the next Justice. Specifically, I call on you to put in place an ethical screen to ensure that Katie Telford, Mathieu Bouchard and Elder Marques do not exercise any influence over Minister Lametti and are not permitted to participate in any capacity in the selection process. I would also remind you that it would be completely inappropriate for Mr. Gerald Butts, now a private citizen, to be involved in this process.”
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