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Justice committee  There is a structured test that has been developed by the federal commissioner on judicial affairs. It involves the ability to understand oral arguments in French, the ability to read arguments in French, and the ability to engage in conversation in French. When we met with the c

December 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Kim Campbell

Justice committee  The pleasure is all mine.

December 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Kim Campbell

Justice committee  All of the above...? It's been interesting that since I am the author of the “rape-shield” provisions in the Criminal Code, that they're back in fashion in terms of popular discussion. Of course, her own jurisprudence on that issue, I think, is dear to my heart because of my own

December 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Kim Campbell

Justice committee  Could I just make a comment, though? I think the law should not belong just to lawyers. One of the great gifts that Justice Martin has is as a communicator. She has a great belief in the importance of the public understanding the law. The law should not be mysterious to those wh

December 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Kim Campbell

Justice committee  Yes. They were wonderful comments.

December 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Kim Campbell

Justice committee  It was part of our terms of reference. The Prime Minister 's marching orders to us were to try to maximize the diversity of the court and to look for candidates who represented all those qualities. One of our committee members is a member of the LGBTQ community and very active. W

December 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Kim Campbell

Justice committee  It was simply part of this diversity of experience that she has had, her understanding of what it means to be a minority, what it means to have to struggle for your rights. Earlier today I used the expression that there was a patina of humanity on her because of all the things th

December 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Kim Campbell

Justice committee  If you've travelled in the northern communities, you know they have their own particular challenges and their own diversity. Again, it was part of our terms of reference because this search led to the north. One of our members, Sheila MacPherson, who represents the Federation of

December 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Kim Campbell

Justice committee  Already people in the legal community are taking it upon themselves to encourage people to apply. Last year, I remember a number of candidates saying, “I wasn't going to apply, but my colleagues said I ought to.” That makes it a lot easier. I understand that modesty, and it's no

December 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Kim Campbell

Justice committee  Only those who were interviewed did that test, and more were than weren't. When we put out our report, I think there'll be some indications of the results of the test.

December 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Kim Campbell

Justice committee  The minister talked to the attorneys general, yes.

December 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Kim Campbell

Justice committee  Thank you.

December 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Kim Campbell

Justice committee  Yes, you do.

December 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Kim Campbell

Justice committee  That's a good question. Sometimes it comes out in the things that other people write about them, or things their references say, but also we ask them. We ask about their experience working collaboratively. Those who sit on appellate courts have that experience. Those who have sa

December 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Kim Campbell

Justice committee  In terms of the courts, issues have to come before the courts as cases. What the understanding of judges brings is a sense of the lived experience of those who are the litigants, and that, I think, is crucial. I think much of the follow-up of the TRC will not involve the courts.

December 4th, 2017Committee meeting

Kim Campbell