Ontario Attorney-General Doug Downey defends proposal to overhaul process for appointing judges - 2019-11-18

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F132.png Ontario Attorney-General Doug Downey defends proposal to overhaul process for appointing judges November 18, 2019, Jeff Gray, Globe and Mail

Ontario Attorney-General Doug Downey is defending a proposal to overhaul the province's process for appointing judges, even as opposition parties point to his Progressive Conservative government's recent patronage scandals and accuse of him threatening the independence of the judiciary.

The Globe and Mail reported on Monday that Mr. Downey told an audience of lawyers last week he is contemplating changes that would provide him with a larger pool of applicants to choose from when appointing provincial court judges, instead of the two names that come from an advisory committee.

The opposition at Queen's Park accused Mr. Downey of trying to fiddle with a process explicitly designed to minimize the role of politicians in selecting judges so they can't stack the bench with allies.

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