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Justice committee  Actually, we didn't rank them. In the first go-round we just said, “yes”, “no”, “maybe”. That was the first thing. In other words, we said yes, to go to the next stage, and no, if we thought, for whatever reason, this candidate.... It was usually, perhaps, because the person had

October 24th, 2016Committee meeting

Kim Campbell

Justice committee  We looked for all of the above. You know, it's interesting. Judges who serve in very small communities often find that when they go to the bench, they are advised not to be too involved in the community organizations, as many of them were before they were elevated to the bench, b

October 24th, 2016Committee meeting

Kim Campbell

Justice committee  I'd have to go back and look at it. I know that, from the point of view of the applicants, shorter would be better. It was quite daunting. I'd have to go back and look at it again and say, “We didn't need this, or we didn't need that, or that may have been a duplication.” On the

October 24th, 2016Committee meeting

Kim Campbell

Justice committee  I'm not sure I said they were all functionally bilingual; I said they all had some French, and very few had no French at all, and that was right across the country. There was a French test given to ensure functional bilingualism, and not all candidates passed it. Most of them did

October 24th, 2016Committee meeting

Kim Campbell

Justice committee  There are two things. One, with the references who we spoke to we really pursued those kinds of issues, but also in the interviews that we did, they were long enough and I think the kinds of questions we asked tried to get at that. We looked at things like their views on colleg

October 24th, 2016Committee meeting

Kim Campbell

Justice committee  We're trying to discuss how specific we can be to protect the identity of candidates...their confidentiality.

October 24th, 2016Committee meeting

Kim Campbell

Justice committee  It's slightly fewer than half. I'm not sure what the proportion of women in the profession now is eligible to go to the courts. When I was justice minister, it was 12.5%, and 25% of my appointments were women. I don't know if women are up to 50% in the eligible group of lawyers w

October 24th, 2016Committee meeting

Kim Campbell

Justice committee  Well, the minister will speak to her own role in appointing women to the farm team of other benches, but you know perfectly well that trying to get women to run for Parliament.... This is a very large country, and in the Supreme Court of Canada, people do have to uproot themselve

October 24th, 2016Committee meeting

Kim Campbell

Justice committee  It's a pleasure.

October 24th, 2016Committee meeting

Kim Campbell

Justice committee  Do you mean in increasing the number of people who would have applied from some of those groups?

October 24th, 2016Committee meeting

Kim Campbell

Justice committee  I'm not sure whether that would have increased the number of candidates, and there were representatives of under-represented groups on the committee as well. This was not a uniform, homogeneous group of people. But I think, yes, down the line the opportunity to... judges from the

October 24th, 2016Committee meeting

Kim Campbell

Justice committee  Again, the terms of reference were clear. At no time was that a difficult thing to fulfill. Atlantic Canada sent us outstanding candidates. It wasn't something where we sat around saying, “Oh my gosh, we'd better rustle up a couple of Atlantic Canadians to put on our list.” Au co

October 24th, 2016Committee meeting

Kim Campbell

Justice committee  The groups that we asked to solicit their members and to make sure they got the information were groups from across Canada, the Canadian Bar, and all the law societies. I think there's a list of about 19. There are many groups, many ethnic groups of lawyers or lawyers with partic

October 24th, 2016Committee meeting

Kim Campbell

October 24th, 2016Committee meeting

Kim Campbell

Justice committee  We spoke to chief justices; we spoke to at least two former justices of the Supreme Court of Canada, and most of those consultations came as a result of their being references for other candidates, but we also knew there would be a process of consultation by the Minister of Justi

October 24th, 2016Committee meeting

Kim Campbell