Adam Dodek and Lorne Sossin:
In Canada, judicial independence is the collective constitutional capital that we frequently draw against to help bail us out of messy problems; we should not take it for granted.
... While governments represent the will of the Canadian majority, judges guarantee the rights of all, even (and perhaps especially) minority groups. This balance, between the legitimate interests of elected governments and the fundamental rights of individuals, is the essence of a healthy democracy. Where judges are vulnerable to the influence, manipulation or control of government, this balance is thrown off-kilter and democracy inevitably falters.
From the Globe and Mail: Why judicial independence matters
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto