Is Mr. Harper saying that he will be appointing judges to the Supreme Court based really on their political views? Are we going to find ourselves in the same situation that they are in the United States, where in fact it is not only the competence of a judge that governs, but in fact it is a judge's social views?Are we going to see a situation where what we're going to do is try to pack the court in order to overturn Charter rights?"
He talked about the courts standing between him and absolute power. Who talks that way? Who thinks that way? He spoke of the courts as his political opponents. He described them as an obstacle. A barrier between him and his agenda.
Canadian polls still show the Conservatives leading, but their lead has apparently topped out or even started to slip in some areas, with Martin's Liberals vowing to press their counterattack - seen by some as increasingly desperate - right up to the January 23 vote. The Toronto Globe and Mail has local coverage. The Liberal Party has also issued a press release.
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