April 15, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA, ON – Today, the Hon. Lisa Raitt, Deputy Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and Shadow Minister for Justice, issued the following statement:
“I would like to thank Mr. Justice Clément Gascon for his service over the last five years on the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as his many years on the Quebec Court of Appeal and Quebec Superior Court. He has served Canadians with his wisdom, dedication and professionalism and we wish him well in his retirement.
“Before launching a process to select a new Supreme Court of Canada Justice, the Trudeau government must thoroughly investigate the previous inappropriate leaks of confidential information. In a misguided attempt to engage in damage control over the SNC-Lavalin corruption scandal, a source with information only known by the Prime Minister and his closest advisors smeared the reputation of Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench Chief Justice Glenn Joyal.
“The Trudeau government has repeatedly refused to investigate these leaks, including during an emergency meeting of the Justice Committee last week.
“Restoring integrity and confidence in the judicial selection process must be a priority, as it may discourage highly qualified individuals from applying. Conservatives are calling on the Trudeau government to immediately undertake an investigation before launching the Supreme Court selection process.”
For more information, please contact:
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, P.C., M.P.