Does anyone remember when, back in February, I commented on a story by Daniel Leblanc in the Globe and Mail, in which he exposed another instance of the Liberals putting their thumb on the scale by trying to rig judicial appointments? I said, then, that Daniel Leblanc explained “the political manoeuvrings of former Minister Jim Carr and his wife, Colleen Suche, who is a judge on the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench, with then-Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould and her staff regarding judicial appointments in Manitoba.“
I added that “The evidence he presents suggests that political acceptability outweighs legal qualifications nearly every time and it suggests that getting the right people appointed might require allowing some partisans on the bench, too.“
Now, I see a new story by Mr Leblanc in the Globe and Mail in which he tells us that “Justice Colleen Suche of the Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench has been rebuked by her superiors and the Canadian Judicial Council for inappropriately giving advice on judicial appointments to the federal government and her husband, Liberal MP Jim Carr … [because] … The CJC investigated Justice Suche’s role in federal appointments after The Globe and Mail revealed in February that she submitted the same recommendations as Mr. Carr to fill court vacancies in Manitoba. Mr. Carr was a senior minister in the cabinet of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when he and Justice Suche separately lobbied for the identical list of lawyers to the Prime Minister’s Office and to then-justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould.“
Daniel Leblanc’s report says that “According to the CJC’s standard of conduct, judges have to “take care that they are not perceived as being advisers to those holding political office or to members of the executive” … [but] … B.C. Supreme Court Chief Justice Christopher E. Hinkson, who is the chair of the CJC’s judicial conduct committee, investigated Justice Suche’s actions and concluded that she “entered an area that is beyond the acceptable ambit for a sitting judge … [because Chief Justice Hinkson concluded that] … the conduct of Madame Justice Suche can only lead a reasonable and fair minded and informed member of the public to the conclusion that she has been acting as an adviser to those holding political office.”“
Madame Justice Suche said, in her defence, that she offered her advice because her husband, the Minister of Natural Resources and then Minister of International Trade Diversification in the Trudeau cabinet from November 2015 until November 2019 didn’t know any of the people involved … which suggests that at least one minister’s “advice” to the Attorney General was either, likely both, highly partisan and/or uninformed.
Canadians need to remember that they have, twice, elected a government that has proven, time and time again, that it is led by a man with the lowest ethical standards in political memory. He lies just because it suits his immediate purpose and then he expects others to lie for him, too. He cheats and he expects others to cover it up for him. He has no respect for the law nor for those who enforce it. He is, to be charitable, an intellectual lightweight and on almost every major policy issue he’s also a fraud. It’s time for a change!
But, does anyone remember? Does anyone care? The polling data that I posted a couple of days ago suggests that at least 44% of Canadians neither remember nor care about the very real ethical failing of Justin Trudeau and of the government he heads.