The Trudeau government has appointed multiple Liberal donors to judicial positions across Canada last week.
On Friday, Attorney General David Lametti announced a total of 13 new judicial appointments for provincial courts in five provinces.
First reported by Blacklock’s Reporter, among the new judges include at least four who have donated to the Liberal Party in the past.
According to Blacklock’s, new Quebec Superior Court judge Daniel Urbas has donated $9,351 to Liberal Party, including $1,200 to Lametti’s 2015 campaign.
Another Quebec-appointee, Louis Charette, has donated $6,232 to the Liberal Party going back to at least 2005.
“I am confident they will serve the people of Québec well as members of the Superior Court,” Lametti said in a statement.
Ontario lawyers Jill Presser and William Black donated $6,189 and $4,523, respectively, to the Liberal Party. Presser and Black were both appointed to the Ontario Superior Court.
This is not the first time important judicial assignments were given to Liberal donors. In November 2020, the Trudeau government appointed another lawyer who donated to Lametti’s riding association to the Quebec Superior Court.
In June, the House of Commons justice committee declined a motion by Conservative MP Michael Cooper to review the process which is used to appoint judges. Cooper argued that hearings should be held on Liberal appointees to the courts.
“There have been allegations substantiated about political interference directed by the Prime Minister’s Office with respect to the appointment of judges,” he said.
“[Canadians] deserve to know the judges that are appointed are the best qualified to serve.”