In preparation for the 2016 Liberal Biennial Convention, the Oakville North-Burlington Federal Liberal Association Policy Committee created a policy resolution intended for submission at the convention. With over 85 submissions from all across Ontario – and only five to be moved on to final voting in Winnipeg – the ‘Merit-Based Judicial Appointments’ resolution, was not chosen to proceed. We still think it is a very important issue to be addressed, and will continue to urge the Liberal government to make the change within the provincial superior courts.
The Oakville North-Burlington Federal Liberal Association is strongly interested in your input for future policy ideas. We intend to reach out to the membership within our riding, to hear the ideas and concerns of the community.
Merit-Based Judicial Appointments
WHEREAS the Governor General appoints the judges of the provincial superior courts on the recommendation of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.
WHEREAS ensuring the qualifications and independence of the judges of the provincial superior courts is fundamental to the rule of law.
WHEREAS there is a need to ensure that appointments to the provincial superior courts reflect the diversity of 21st-century Canada.
WHEREAS the government has created an independent and non-partisan Advisory Board to recommend qualified candidates for nomination to the Senate based on public, merit-based criteria.
WHEREAS the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada has been mandated to engage all parties in the House of Commons to ensure that the process of appointing Supreme Court Justices is transparent, inclusive and accountable to Canadians.
WHEREAS appointments to the provincial superior courts should also be made through a transparent, non-partisan, merit-based process.
BE IT RESOLVED that the Liberal Party of Canada call upon the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada to create an independent and non-partisan advisory committee in each province to recommend qualified candidates for appointment to that province’s superior courts based on public, merit-based criteria.