Liberals Fail to Deliver on Pledge to Publish Excerpts ‘Shortly’ From Applications for Bench

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The Lawyer's Daily


Time still crawls at the Department of Justice (DOJ) when it comes to judicial appointments — and the government admits that limited resources devoted to the task are a factor.

When the Liberals were elected two years ago, the Trudeau government vowed to shed more light on the secrecy-shrouded process of appointing federal judges. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould earned praise at the time for pledging to post on the website of the DOJ substantial excerpts from the extensive revised questionnaires that all would-be judicial candidates have been required to fill in for the past year.

But so far the government has delivered on its transparency pledge with respect to only 10 new judges appointed below the Supreme Court of Canada level — with the last questionnaire excerpt posted last April.