The appointment of Alberta Judge Russell Brown to the Supreme Court of Canada this week makes seven of the nine judges on the country’s highest court appointees of Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
But if the perception is that the Conservative government is stacking Canada’s top court in its favour, its record before the court would beg to differ.
Though only two of the high court judges predate the current government — Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin was appointed by Jean Chrétien and Rosalie Silberman Abella by Paul Martin — the court has struck down Conservative government policies time and again in recent years.
Most recently, the court ruled in June that the government’s ban on medical marijuana products was unconstitutional.
From Senate reform to native claims, mandatory minimum sentencing to immigration, the high court has culled Conservative policy that strayed away from Charter rights and the Canadian Constitution.
The Macdonald-Laurier Institute for Public Policy named theRead More »from Canada’s top court welcomes Alberta judge