Federal Politics

Searching for justice(s): Trudeau’s better way to fill Supreme Court vacancies

At the risk of being summarily expelled from the Venerable Order of Pundits, Skeptics and Other Assorted Naysayers, I would like to venture a positive thought about a government initiative.

The government in question is the one in Ottawa headed by the shirtless one, Justin Trudeau. The initiative is the new procedure for selecting judges for the Supreme Court of Canada that was announced last week.

Nothing is straightforward when shopping for fighter aircraft

No one ever said government decision-making was easy.

Sometimes it is damnably difficult, as it is with Bill C-14, the assisted-dying law where Parliament is struggling to find a balance between public opinion and the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

A childish episode on the road to government arrogance?

The problem with majority governments is that political parties that are fortunate enough to have a majority tend to assume they have a mandate to do pretty much whatever they wish. When a majority of seats is combined with high popularity in the opinion polls – as is the case with Justin Trudeau’s Liberals – self-confidence can easily become high-handedness and arrogance.

As Trudeau soars, Wynne sags – and Patrick Brown waits in the wings

Can Justin Trudeau prevent Patrick Brown from becoming the next premier of Ontario?

This may seem like an odd question, but bear with me for a moment.

Let’s turn the clock back three years, to April 2013 when Trudeau was elected national leader of Liberal party. One of his earliest and most enthusiastic supporters was the new Liberal leader in Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, who had been sworn in as premier just two months earlier.