OTTAWA, ON – Following the Liberals’ decision today during a meeting of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights to vote against a Conservative motion to study Justin Trudeau’s failure to fill judicial vacancies across the country, Michael Cooper, Deputy Shadow Minister for Justice, the Honourable Michelle Rempel, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship and Pierre Paul-Hus, Shadow Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, issued the following statement:
“With 59 judicial vacancies across Canada as of April 1st, Conservatives are disappointed that Liberal Members of the Committee chose to protect their party instead of protecting Canadians.
“Our common sense motion asked for the Minster of Justice to appear before the Committee to explain why the Liberals have so far failed to fill these judicial vacancies. The motion also called on the Committee to study the impact of these vacancies on the administration of justice and to hear from victims of crime who have seen their cases dropped by the Crown or stayed by the court due to delays.
“Justin Trudeau’s lack of action has had serious consequences for Canada’s justice system. Notorious gang leader Nick Chan is simply the latest dangerous criminal to walk free. The Liberals’ failure to fill judicial vacancies means that he won’t be the last. Our communities are less safe because of the Prime Minister’s failure to do his job.
“Canadians are entitled to know why Justin Trudeau is risking their safety and jeopardizing our justice system. His failure to fill these vacancies is undermining confidence in the very same system that Canadians rely on to keep them safe.”
For more information, please contact:
Office of Michael Cooper, M.P. Anaida Poilievre Michael.Cooper.A1@parl.gc.ca 613-218-5815