I would say that as appointments have been made over the last 10 to 11 years, there wasn't any consistency between and among appointments made by previous governments with respect to the Supreme Court of Canada. I recognize that back in 2004, with former minister Cotler under Prime Minister Martin, there was an attempt to move forward and quite successfully open up the process to provide further explanations about it and how candidates were selected as nominees for the Supreme Court.
Having an independent advisory board takes away the politics and ensures that we can have an open and transparent process that encourages qualified jurists from right across the country to put their names forward, to ensure that we have the best among us across the country as candidates to be selected.
As for members of Parliament being involved, I'm indeed having a discussion with them today, and there will be further discussions when I appear with the chair of the advisory board, as well as discussions with the nominee when he or she, as it may be, is named by the Prime Minister. Ultimately, the way that members of Parliament and all Canadians can have a role in this process is to ensure that if you know of a jurist who meets the qualifications, to go out, seek, and encourage them to put their names forward. That's the ultimate role that all of us as members of Parliament can play to ensure there is a substantive list of qualified jurists.