Chief justice cleared in spat with Stephen Harper government
The International Commission of Jurists slammed the Prime Minister for remarks that were critical of Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin.
"An international legal body has cleared Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin in her efforts to communicate with Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government over a judicial appointment to her court last year, and slammed the prime minister for remarks it says hurt her moral ...authority, integrity and public confidence in the judiciary.
The Geneva-based International Commission of Jurists, in a letter to a group of Canadian lawyers and legal academics who asked it to investigate, said it concluded that McLachlin’s move to flag a potential legal problem was “not inappropriate.”
On the contrary, Harper’s and his officials’ remarks were the problem, it said."