Justice and Human Rights – July 25, 2019:
Justice Minister David Lametti and former prime minister Kim Campbell, who chairs the Independent Advisory Board for Supreme Court of Canada Judicial Appointments, answer questions regarding Nicholas Kasirer’s nomination to the Supreme Court of Canada and the selection process.
Lametti is also questioned over recent leaks of confidential deliberations between then-justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in 2017 over the appointment of Canada’s new chief justice. The opposition moves a motion to have the committee study the appointment leak, but the motion is defeated.
In 2016, the Liberal government launched a new Supreme Court appointment process to encourage more openness and transparency, and to reflect Canada’s diversity. Candidates must submit an application and be functionally bilingual.