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View David Lametti Profile
Lib. (QC)
Unfortunately, the answer is the same. I'm not going to comment on that, for the reasons I just gave.
View Gérard Deltell Profile
CPC (QC)
It is unfortunate for Canadians, Minister.
View David Lametti Profile
Lib. (QC)
As Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, I must respect the justice system. I must be careful not to have any influence on the ongoing trials.
View Gérard Deltell Profile
CPC (QC)
This is precisely what caused the SNC-Lavalin scandal, sir; the infiltration of partisan politics into the judicial process.
View David Lametti Profile
Lib. (QC)
In my case, it's not a matter of politics. I do so out of respect for the courts as Minister of Justice. Not wanting to have an influence on trials is a form of privilege. It is very important for me, in my role, to protect the judicial system.
View David Lametti Profile
Lib. (QC)
I did what I had to do as Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada to protect the justice system and respect the role of the courts.
View David Lametti Profile
Lib. (QC)
As I just said, I am very proud of the way the system worked.
View Anthony Housefather Profile
Lib. (QC)
Unfortunately, your time is up, Mr. Deltell.
I just want to remind everyone that we are here today to talk about the nomination of the Supreme Court justice and the process that led up to that. I've been very flexible so far in permitting questions, and the minister has been very kind in answering those questions, but that is what we're here to talk about.
Next, Ms. Vandenbeld and Ms. Fortier will be sharing their time.
View Anita Vandenbeld Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair, and thank you, Minister Lametti.
Ms. Campbell, my question follows up on something you said in an earlier response about looking at diversity and cultural literacy. I also share the disappointment that only one of the 12 candidates who put themselves forward was a woman.
I notice that in addition to professional qualifications and legal skills, the criteria also include a number of individual qualifications, such as discretion, judgment, integrity, respect and the ability to empathize. With regard to gender equality and with regard to sensitivity on gender issues, perhaps you could elaborate a little bit on how your committee was able to make sure, when you were looking at the different candidates....
What kinds of criteria and what kinds of questions did you ask regarding the various candidates' gender sensitivity?
Kim Campbell
View Kim Campbell Profile
Right Hon. Kim Campbell
2019-07-25 12:10
This was in the broader questions of their own experience with respect to diversity. We would have an ongoing conversation, but there is no question that there were opportunities for the candidates to discuss this in their own questionnaires—and their references were asked about this. It was kind of a fundamental value, this sensitivity to gender issues and issues beyond, because these are all issues that come before the court.
I'm sorry, because if I went back and looked at the question more specifically, I could give you a more specific answer, but I think there was certainly a consensus.
Incidentally, I think half of our committee members were women and very distinguished women. There was strong institutional support for recognizing openness to the equality and equal treatment of women under the law as part of our whole mandate.
View Anita Vandenbeld Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you very much.
I'll turn my time over to Ms. Fortier.
View Mona Fortier Profile
Lib. (ON)
Ms. Campbell and Mr. Lametti, thank you very much for being here today to talk to us about the process.
I'd like to go back to the issue of official languages. The ability of the Supreme Court of Canada to represent citizens in both official languages is a concern not only for me, but also for all Canadians.
We have heard a little bit about it, but I would like to know how important official languages are in the selection process. Next, I would like to know how the successful candidate meets these language requirements.
Kim Campbell
View Kim Campbell Profile
Right Hon. Kim Campbell
2019-07-25 12:11
Not only does the candidate meet it, but the francophones on the committee in fact spoke about his français recherché. He speaks beautiful French. I think you will find that Justice Kasirer feels that his work in the civil law and in French really defines him and his connection to Quebec. It was actually quite remarkable to see that he is a man who loves the language and loves to use it in a most refined, excellent and precise way.
That is actually the whipped cream and cherry on the top of his qualifications. He's not just profoundly bilingual and profoundly competent in both languages, but also relishes the use of both languages, particularly French. I think he speaks his preferred language of expression, French, in a way that really elevates its importance.
The notion of official languages has been a criterion that has been fundamental to all three of the processes. There were some candidates who had very fine qualities who did not pass the functional bilingualism test and, therefore, were not considered for the short list. It is a principle that has been adhered to over the last three searches quite fastidiously.
It's not just that people argue in French. I think the idea is to make it possible for judges to communicate with each other and to have that capacity to reason together in either language. That is the underlying principle behind functional bilingualism.
View Mona Fortier Profile
Lib. (ON)
Mr. Lametti, do you want to make any comments?
View David Lametti Profile
Lib. (QC)
I would just like to support what Ms. Campbell just said. The quality of Judge Kasirer's French is exceptional. This is a very important aspect of the process. I think the linguistic criterion has clearly been met.
View Mona Fortier Profile
Lib. (ON)
Thank you for clarifying this.
View Anthony Housefather Profile
Lib. (QC)
Thank you very much.
Ms. Raitt, you have the floor.
View Lisa Raitt Profile
CPC (ON)
View Lisa Raitt Profile
2019-07-25 12:14
Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.
Ms. Campbell, I want to ask you about the terms of reference, where there's a provision that if there is a declared person of interest, or if a member of the advisory committee has a business or a personal relationship with somebody who has been nominated, they recuse themself from the discussion. Did that happen in your process this time?
Kim Campbell
View Kim Campbell Profile
Right Hon. Kim Campbell
2019-07-25 12:15
Yes, it did. One of our committee members had served in a firm. I don't want to go into too much detail, but he recused himself from the conversations about that person.
View Lisa Raitt Profile
CPC (ON)
View Lisa Raitt Profile
2019-07-25 12:15
Would that be something you'll publish in your report that follows?
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