Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Judicial Independence

MP Maurice Vellacott's recent comments about the Supreme Court have caused the president of the Canadian Bar Association to react by writing a letter to the Prime Minister on May 9, saying that: "behaviour such as this seriously threatens judicial independence."

Any lawyer in the CBA must know that the most fundamental threat to Canadian democracy is exactly the current lack of independence between the legislative and the judicial branches of government.

Supreme Court Judges should not be appointed by the Prime Minister without even a review process. This problem, even more than unfair elections, lowers our democratic system to the level of a banana republic.

P.S. The "independence" criteria between the legislative and judicial branches of government is a criteria for admission to the European Community, and a criteria for Amnesty International to decide whether African nations are democratic or not.