High court's decisions ease fears of political bias

Paul-Erik Veel's article High court's decisions ease fears of political bias appeared in the June 6, 2014 issue of the Lawyers Weekly.

"The nine judges who sit on the Supreme Court are the ultimate guardians of individuals' rights guaranteed under the Charter. Those judges define the contours of those rights and order remedies to vindicate breaches of those rights.

Five of the eight judges now sitting on the Supreme Court were appointed by Prime Minister Harper. Once the spot that was to be held by Justice Marc Nadon is filled, it will be six of nine. It is these judges who have had, and will continue to have, the final say over various aspects of the tough-on crime approach implemented by the current Parliament..."