We may soon have the chance to see how Richard Albert’s interesting prognostications regarding the future of the Canadian Supreme Court play out. Professor Albert’s recent predictions on this blog concerning the possibility that Prime Minister Stephen Harper may bring an unprecedented dose of American-style conservatism to the Court take on new urgency and force, now that Harper has secured a majority government and, above all, with today’s announcement that Justices Binnie and Charron will be retiring. The Globe and Mail, for one, has stacked its list of likely candidates with a number of conservative-leaning jurists, in the widespread expectation that Harper will use this opportunity to tilt the Court to the right. Justice Binnie’s replacement in particular may be pivotal given his reputation as both an intellectual leader and a centrist. The Globe’s coverage is here.
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