Explaining the Supreme Court Ruling on Marc Nadon

Back in February, I wrote a post on the problem with Marc Nadon’s appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada. Friday, March 21st, the Supreme Court of Canada issued their ruling on the Reference Case posed to it by the Governor in Council (essentially, the prime minister and the Cabinet).

Marc Nadon’s appointment to the Supreme Court has been deemed unconstitutional, and his appointment to this country’s highest bench has been declared void. Continue reading

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The Problem with the Nadon Appointment

Along with senators, cabinet ministers, and really, the governor general, the prime minister acting on behalf of the government also appoints judges to various levels of the judicial system through the Governor In Council process (which we will get into at another time). The most important of these judicial appointments are the ones to the Supreme Court of Canada, the highest court of the land, the final court of appeal and the interpreter of the Constitution.

By why all the fuss with this appointment? What makes this one any different than previous appointments? That is what we will be talking about in this post. Continue reading