Ontario's judicial integrity at risk with Doug Ford, Doug Downey scheme - 2019-11-21
Every politician dreams of leaving a lasting legacy. Ontario Attorney-General Ian Scott is one of the few to actually do so in an era where the role of the attorney general actually meant something more than being the premier's lackey.
By pioneering a system that largely eliminated the taint of politics and patronage from Ontario's method of appointing judges and justices of the peace, Scott delivered an enviable model for other jurisdictions in Canada and abroad. He was proud of it, and justly so. The appointment process he brought into law ensured that only properly vetted, qualified and diverse applicants would be appointed judges.
Having spent countless hours in the courtroom, Scott understood that, while most political decisions are fleeting, a judicial appointee could easily serve for 20 or 30 years and render tens of thousands of decisions. With security of tenure, they will sit long after the politicians who appointed them are gone and forgotten.