National Post March 27, 2019
OTTAWA — Former justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould is condemning leaks to reporters this week about confidential deliberations in 2017 to appoint a new chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, and she says the government should consider an investigation.
“I strongly condemn anyone who would speak about or provide information on such sensitive matters,” she said in an emailed statement. “This has to stop and given the seriousness of this matter I feel that there should be consideration of having some sort of investigation as to the source of this information.”
On Monday, citing anonymous sources, CTV News and The Canadian Press reported that Trudeau had disagreed with Wilson-Raybould’s choice to replace Beverley McLachlin on the court in 2017. Wilson-Raybould had preferred Manitoba Chief Justice Glenn Joyal, the reports said, but Trudeau rejected that choice because he saw Joyal as too critical of how courts apply the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Trudeau eventually chose to appoint Alberta Judge Sheilah Martin to the top court and promoted sitting Justice Richard Wagner to the role of chief justice. The reports said the episode led Trudeau to doubt Wilson-Raybould’s judgment, and it soured their relationship long before the SNC-Lavalin affair came up.