Poor SINC, even Mulroney is against Harper's reforms...
http://www.macleans.ca/canada/national/article.jsp?content=20070604_100237_10400Former PM says selection of judges must be free of political influence
Judges should continue to be chosen with as little political interference as possible, former prime minister Brian Mulroney said this weekend.
"We all know of cases. . . where an independent judge has been the only person standing in the way of abuses of power by government, including inappropriate activities by the police," Mulroney said in a speech after being honoured by the Quebec bar association. "A simple [decision] from an independent judge can leave the government and the police standing on the courthouse steps, looking ridiculous and chastened."
Mulroney’s comments came after Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced he wants to change the way judges are selected - adding police representatives to the independent advisory committees in each province that make recommendations on judicial appointments.
Harper has also criticized Canada’s courts for being too liberal, saying he wants to appoint more judges who share Conservative values about crime.
Every bar association in the country has spoken out against Harper’s plan.
Mulroney, who has advised Harper since he became leader of the Conservative party, did not comment directly on the judicial selection reform plan. But he did say that the independent advisory committees “strengthen the integrity and independence of the judiciary."