Thursday, September 29, 2011

Canadian Judicial Council Objects as Conservatives Call Federal Court Judge to Parliamentary Committee

Via Ottawa Citizen:

As Conservative MPs attempt to call a sitting judge to testify before a parliamentary committee, the Canadian Judicial Council is warning that judges should never have to answer to politicians. 

The Conservatives on Tuesday used their majority strength on the House of Commons Access to Information and Ethics Committee to adopt a list of witnesses that includes Mr. Justice Richard Boivin of the Federal Court.

They want him to discuss his ruling in a case brought by the Information Commissioner against the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. There is little chance Boivin will ever appear before the committee, but the mere attempt underlines the long-simmering feud between the judiciary and Canada’s conservative movement, which bemoans “judge-made law” and complains about the lack of judicial accountability.
Separation of powers, humbug!

Perhaps a bit of tit-for-tat might be in order.  Who wouldn't enjoy seeing a few MP's and members of cabinet  hauled into court to explain some of their policies and votes - under oath.
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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