Thank you, Minister. I certainly agree that diversity and all of those things are important. I also acknowledge what you said—that Atlantic Canada would not necessarily be precluded—but you've also said that the government may appoint someone other than an Atlantic Canadian, and I want to get back to the question of what authority the executive of the government has to do that unilaterally.
To that end, I would just draw your attention to paragraph 74 of the Nadon decision. I'll read it. It says, and I quote:
Parliament cannot unilaterally change
—so in this case, it's not even Parliament; it's the executive—
the composition of the Supreme Court of Canada. Essential features of the Court are constitutionally protected under Part V of the Constitution Act, 1982. Changes to the composition of the Court can only be made under the procedure provided for in s. 41...
—which, again, requires the consent of Parliament and the consent of all 10 provinces.
Could you perhaps clarify, in light of the clear pronouncement of the Supreme Court in Nadon, what authority the executive has to unilaterally overturn this constitutional convention related to the composition of the court?