Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Fun with Vic

Well, that didn't take him long. First day on the job, bingo, public hearings for Supreme Court nominees are on his mind.
Following the first cabinet meeting, Toews said he would like to hold public hearings on the qualifications of the next top-court judge. There is currently one vacancy.

Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin has warned that U.S.-style questioning of court nominees could politicize the process.

But on Tuesday, Toews said public hearings would make the process more transparent and give parliamentarians the opportunity to "demonstrate their maturity.

"It falls on the shoulders of parliamentarians to demonstrate restraint and appropriate questioning. If that fails, we'll have no one to blame but ourselves."
What is it with the fascination with everything U.S. with these guys? As issues arise, look at their solutions. It's all about looking south and seeing what the Americans do. And on this issue, we just don't need their guidance. This preoccupation with fixing the Supreme Court nomination process is a waste of time, our process works. We get the most qualified judges on our top court, the leading minds, completely independent. Consistently. From Prime Minister to Prime Minister, party to party. I wouldn't mind this idea if I thought it might actually accomplish something. But the spectre of Vic Toews, Stockwell Day, Myron Thompson, or other similarly situated Conservatives quizzing Supreme Court nominees on their views on any given issue makes my skin crawl. Conservatives want this process to ensure that nominees conform to their socially conservative positions, like opposing gay marriage. Plain and simple. The creation of political and ideological divisions on our highest court is exactly where that road leads. And we've all seen how that's played out in the U.S. We just don't need American-style judicial hearings in Canada.