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Supreme Court nomination process

2011-07-25

Queen’s University law professor emeritus John Whyte is available to discuss issues surrounding the nomination of two Supreme Court justices.

Dr. Whyte, a former dean of the Queen’s Faculty of Law, can discuss what qualities in a judge Stephen Harper will be looking for when he makes his Supreme Court picks. Dr. Whyte also strongly believes Parliamentary hearings for Supreme Court nominees should be mandatory.

“Judicial judgment is human judgment, and character and integrity always lie near the heart of the judicial process. The Parliamentary hearing process reminds Canadians of the commitment to fairness, justice, and equality,” says Dr. Whyte, who now lives in Regina, Sask. “When the court makes a decision that politicians are unhappy with, it will serve the nation well that political leaders will have had an opportunity to explore the nature of the judicial task and see its essential role in Canadian democracy.”

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi at 613.533.6000 ext. 77513 or michael.onesi@queensu.ca or Christina Archibald at 613-533-2877 or Christina.Archibald@queensu.ca at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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