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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 27, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 40 'HE IETHBRIDGE HERALD Wcdncsdny, October 27, 1971 More Ihnn 70 uypuinletl under .special screening process I HI o i_________ Justice Minister Turner has earned non-paristan respect aim the case of In March. 1987. the bar as- Gordon M. Stirling, S't. John's, The justici Ily GERARD McNElL OTTAWA (CP) Justice Minister Jolin Turner has earned non-partisnn respect while appointing more than 70 judges to corn-Is across the land. Partisan appointments have HIM reputations of some of the best justice minis- ters, and at times came back to haunt them. Two scandals in the mid-1960s involved Lib- erals. Ttee probably helped lead to a selection process that in- volves less politics and more consultation. A special com- mittee o( the Canadian Bar Association now screens nomi- nees. But even this process is con- sidered by some as too insu- lar. When the bar association met this year in Banff. Alta., lawyer William Hurlburt of Edmonton said "an unseen operation of one vested inter- est (the legal profession) is not of itself enough to guaran- tee" the best appointments to the bench. Mr. Hurlburt proposed a system in which a committee, with at least two members from outside the legal profes- sion, would supply the justice minister with minister making the choice. WARNING NOTE Another lawyer criticized "the faceless mask of the cab- inet confronting the public in judicial selection." But Davie Fulton, former Conservative justice minister, said: "How much more faceless the mask would be. and how much loss accountable the minister or the cabinet would be, if they could say: 'But we had no responsi- bility in the sim- ply acted on the recommenda- tions that were made to us, and which we were bound to accept.' Nevertheless, the debate about how little laymen have to say about judicial appoint- ments is likely to continue. even within the legal profes- sion. In the Commons recently, New Demo c rats tried lo amend the Judges Act to put laymen on Ihc new Canadian Judicial Council, which will consist solely of chief justices who will investigate com- plaints against judges. No profession should police itself, said Arnold Peters Mr. Turner rejected tlio proposal, saying the judiciary must be kept immune from any type of public pressure. The' independence of the tench was a strongpoint of the system. NOTED FOR DISSENT The justice minister has won respect from within and without the legal profession for his appointments. The standout may have been that of Bora Laskin, distinguished Toronto law professor, to the Supreme Court of Canada. Mr. Justice Laskin was known for his dissenting opin- ions while on the Ontario Court of Appeal and had been among those to criticize deci- sions of the Supreme Court itself. Mr. Turner's choice of Mr. Justice Patrick Hartt of On- tario as first chairman of the national law reform commis- sion also won respect. The 44- year-old Hartt is among the "young tigers" Mr. Turner has sought to "revitalize the law and make it more rele- vant." Mr. Justice Hartt articu- lately expresses one view of judges: "People today are im- pressed by the wisdom and humanity of the man, not the robes. The remoteness and austerity of the judge is based on an hierarchy no longer compatible with the thinking that ought to prevail in our society." Other Turner appointments lo the bench include Rejane Laberge-Colas of Montreal, first woman ever placed on a AND SO TO DINNER-Soviet Communist party leader Leonid I. Brezhnev, in France on a state visit, accompan- ies Mme. Claude Pompidou, wife of the French president, to a gala dinner at Trianon Palace in Versailles. CENTRE VILLAGE BIRTHDAY CONTEST WINNERS Mr Art Kirr, President of Centra Village Mall Mer- chants' Association, is shown presenting Mrs. Alice Gregory, 1717 7th Ave S., the Weslinghouse portable color TV set which was first prize in Centre Village Birthday Contest. ANOTHER GOOD REASON IT PAYS TO SHOP AT CENTRE VILLAGE Canadian superior court. Her h u s b a n (1 is Emile Colas, prominent figure in the Cana- dian Bar Association. Although Mr. Turner's First appointment in 1958 was John Mathefon. who had been a Liberal MP until 1961! and par- liamentary secretary to for- mer prime minister Lester Pearson, the political content of his more than 70 appoint- ments has been low. "He has clone a very fine says Ronald Merriam, secretary of the Canadian Bar Association. "There is no question of that. "His appointments are well respected men in their profes- sion." The process of consulting the bar association was for- malized by then justice minis- ter Pierre Elliott Trudoau in IWiT, after scandals involving two judges appointed by Lib- eral governments. One was Adrien Meunier of Quebec Superior Court who, ironically, had retired as a Liberal MP in to open a seat for the man Mr. Pearson wanted as justice minister- Guy Favreau. Mr. Favreau had become minister when Mr. Meunier. still a judge, was charged with perjury after an inquiry into a Montreal bankruptcy case, then convicted. There was also the case of Mr. Justice Leo Landrevillc, who hart been appointed in 1956 by the St. Laurent gov- ernment. Nine years later the Law Society of Upper Canada said he should be removed from the bench. At issue was the propriety of his accepting, while mayor of Sudbury, free shares of Northern Ontario Natural Gas Co. Ltd., while NONG was seeking a gas franchise in Sudbury'. Mr. Landrcville resigned as judge in 1967 for health and family reasons, after a long fight that included formal in- quiries and a Senate motion to impeach him. In March, 19C7, the bar as- sociation set up a national committee on the judiciary to sdvise justice ministers on selection of judges. The chairman is A. J. Campbell of Montreal, a for- mer judge, and a Liberal. At the recent bar associa- tion meeting, a delegate com- plained that the way the com- mittee works, and even its membership, "have been a mystery." The delegate, David C. McDonald of Edmonton, said that "autocracy has re- turned" in judicial appoint- ments. Later committee member Gordon M. Stirling, S't. John's, Nfkl., did give the meeting a rundown of how the commit- tee works. He said thai Mr. Turner submits a list of names to Mr. Campbell when judges are lo be appointed and the list is circulated among the other four commiitce members. Mr. Stirling himself checked friends or acquaintances in the area where the nominee practised, then gave the chairman an assessment, as did other committee mem- bers. "Where there is a serious divergence of views, the chairma.. invariably requests a reassessment." The justice minister wasn't bound by the committee's ad- vice although "1 believe in all but one or two discs" he has followed it. Mr. Stirling said he felt the committee relieved the minis- ter of political pressures, giv- ing him more independence in making his choice of a judge. "None of us would bs naive enough to think that the names submitted (by Mr. Turner) are not prompted, in most instances, by some polit- ical says Mr. Stirling, who sees the names. II o w e v e r, most appoint- ments by Mr. Turner had teen "very f a v o r a b 1 y re- ceived." Can a 53-Piece Ironstone Dinnerwan sen for only Set for Believe it! Was s39.95-now save '10.07 in time for Christmas. Peoples powerful purchasing power has done it again! 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