With a federal election no more than a year away, the Canadian judiciary could find itself a target as Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s Conservatives campaign for a fourth term in power.
The Harper government has been stymied over elements of its tough-on-crime legislation and other issues.
The friction flared most visibly in a nasty spat with Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, who Harper and Justice Minister Peter McKay suggested made an inappropriate intervention in the ultimately failed attempt to appoint Federal Court Justice Marc Nadon to the top court.
Both McLachlin and MacKay have since tried to play down the incident earlier this year as part of the normal “healthy tension” between government and the bench.
In a recent statement in the House of Commons, MacKay said the government’s relations with the Supreme Court remain “professional and constructive,” and that he respects the court, “as well as all the institutions of the country.”
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