Here's How Bad Stephen Harper Was at Appointing Conservative Supreme Court Justices - 2017-12-31
But as Chris Selley writes, Harper failed in one big way – he was unable to shift the Supreme Court towards enacting and supporting more Conservative policies. In fact, very few judges in Canada subscribe to Conservative notions of constitutional law:
Unlike in the United States, "constitutional originalists" are a rare breed in Canada's legal community. The "living tree" view of the Charter, as a document to be interpreted and reinterpreted as times change, is dominant. "Harper did not have much of an opportunity to appoint conservatives in the vein of Antonin Scalia to the Supreme Court because they don't really exist in Canada's legal community," said University of Waterloo political scientist Emmett Macfarlane, an expert on the Supreme Court.