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View Mona Fortier Profile
Lib. (ON)
I understand the expenses, but don't you think we're also trying to show that government and the judiciary should be treated the same as the members of Parliament and ministers. Canadians should know what is happening in the courts.
View Tony Clement Profile
Ind. (ON)
That's probably a better answer than saying all of them are 100% perfect, but it still underlines the question that taxpayers are in the dark about whether there is a judicial officer whose claims are being repeatedly rejected or what have you.
You keep talking about judicial independence, which is, of course, a hallowed principle in our country, but I'm still trying to connect the dots between how, if you have greater public accountability.... Prove to me or show me how that infringes on the independence of the judge.
The judge still gets the paycheque from the Government of Canada, yet no one says that is an outrageous denial of judicial independence. How is it that the judge can be paid by the Government of Canada, ergo the taxpayers of Canada, yet the expenses are still in this alternative universe of process?
Can you walk me through it?
View Nathaniel Erskine-Smith Profile
Lib. (ON)
The last thing I would say is this. I take it the specific concern, frankly, is for these individualized expenses, and specifically in relation to travel, since you keep coming back to that. I understand that it's the Federal Court we're talking about, and the tax court or the travelling courts. Isn't the simple answer for the courts to simply say, “This judge writes this number of decisions and sits on this many panels”, and then that information is published alongside any expenses?
I don't see a reporter or any member of the Canadian public taking seriously any concerns if they see that the large travel expenses for an individual judge are commensurate with the work that this individual judge is doing.
The Chair: We're at time.
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