March 27, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Ottawa, ON – The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Deputy Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and Shadow Minister for Justice, has sent a letter to Federal Judicial Affairs Commissioner Marc Giroux calling for an investigation into the disclosure of confidential information related to the appointment of a Supreme Court Justice and the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.
The following is an excerpt of the letter:
A plain reading of the facts strongly suggests that political actors have leaked the content of discussions regarding an appointment to Canada’s highest judicial body. If indeed this is true, it is an egregious case of political interference and one that severely injures the independence of the judiciary.
In a statement, the Manitoba Bar Association also raised concerns, noting “the recent breaches of confidentiality where the suitability of other candidates are discussed is highly disconcerting. It demeans the entire selection process, and is harmful to the privacy of individual applicants.”
Raitt said an investigation is necessary, particularly in light of Justin Trudeau’s efforts to cover-up his involvement in the SNC-Lavalin corruption scandal.
“The SNC-Lavalin Affair has raised serious questions about the rule of law in Canada and the degree to which the Prime Minister’s Office has interfered in it,” said Raitt. “This most recent episode of potential political interference from the PMO only further damages our democratic institutions and values and requires immediate attention.”
You can view the full letter by clicking here.
For more information, please contact:
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, P.C., M.P.