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Monday, February 27, 2006 

Imitation Sometimes More Than Flattery

Canadians should be leery of Supreme Court nominee Marshall Rothstein's forced appearance before a panel of politicians before his appointment is finalized. This imitation of the American appointment process may be more than Harper just appeasing the Republican wannabes in his party. Given the vast chasm that often seperates judge's opinions and extreme right wing ideolgy in this country, this mimicry of the American-style vetting of judges could be a first step toward politicizing the judiciary in Canada.

Since Harper's minority government is going to be unable to do any substantive 'social' legislation - they have a 3 point strategy: 1)SPEND SPEND SPEND the federal surplus (trying to buy goodwill) 2) Make Harper look 'reasonable' and not a radical 3)find some low cost/no cost things for their hard right wing. This phony process to pick a Supreme Court judge falls into the #3 category. It is phony (but good optics for the rightwing folks back home)!

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