The Advisory Board for Supreme Court of Canada judicial appointments was created by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government in 2016 in order, they said, “To deliver on [the Liberal government’s] commitment to ensure that the process of appointing Supreme Court of Canada Justices is transparent, inclusive, and accountable to Canadians.” The Mandate Letter for the Chair of that Board, signed, personally, I believe, by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says “I ask that you observe the highest standards of impartiality, integrity and objectivity in your consideration of all candidates.” The Chair of the Board is former Progressive Conservative Prime Minister Kim Campbell.
Ms Campbell has a pretty active social media account which seems, on quick examination, to consist mostly of ‘retweets,’ which included, just a couple of days ago, this one:
I hold no brief for or against Ms Lalonde or the work she does, much of which I think is probably estimable, but, as my readers will know, I think Ms Raitt was speaking the truth when she spoke to CTV‘s Power Play, although I certainly respect Ms Lalonde’s right to disagree.
Ms Campbell’s Twitter account does not say, as several others, belonging to public figures, do, that her ‘retweets‘ do not imply agreement or constitute support, so I think it is reasonable to suspect, at least, that the Right Honourable Kim Campbell shows a considerable lack of “impartiality, integrity and objectivity” in ‘retweeting‘ Ms Lalonde’s post. A reasonable person can be forgiven for assuming that Ms Campbell shares Ms Lalonde’s view which, in my opinion, is highly partisan.
It provoked this reaction from the Honourable Lisa Raitt …
.. and I think it is the correct response. If Ms Campbell endorses Ms Lalonde’s evident view that border security and
illegal irregular migration are not matters of considerable worry for many Canadians then I fear that her views on potential Supreme Court of Canada judges will be anything but impartial and objective. One might assume that she will be actively looking for someone who will be ‘soft’ on e.g. irregular migrants.
There is an election coming up and these sorts of public eruptions, which Kim Campbell has made before, tarnish the image that Team Trudeau is trying to project. I think that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to do some more political house cleaning. If John McCallum is expendable, so is Kim Campbell.