Well Harper after telling the Lapdogs not to get into a pissing match over their bungled laws, appontments and changes to the Constitution. Oh yeah, Harper though he could change that,without the rest involved.
Now in a pissing match with the SCoC, Chief Justice.
Harper, McLachlin issue conflicting statements in unprecedented battle between a prime minister and chief justice | National Post
LONDON, Ont. — Prime Minister Stephen Harper says he did not take a call from Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin over the nomination of a new judge because it would be “inappropriate.” But McLachlin says she made no such call for Harper to refuse, resulting in an extraordinary contradiction between two of the most powerful people in the country.
The chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada insisted Friday there was nothing wrong with how she and her office consulted with the federal government regarding a presumptive nominee to the high court’s ranks.
In a rare public statement, Chief Justice McLachlin confirmed that her office contemplated a meeting with Prime Minister Stephen Harper to discuss the eligibility of Federal Court judges from Quebec.
“Ultimately, the chief justice decided not to pursue a call or meeting,” said a news release from the Supreme Court that included a statement from McLachlin herself.
“Given the potential impact on the court, I wished to ensure that the government was aware of the eligibility issue,” McLachlin said.
“At no time did I express any opinion as to the merits of the eligibility issue. It is customary for chief justices to be consulted during the appointment process and there is nothing inappropriate in raising a potential issue affecting a future appointment.”
Harper said he consulted constitutional and legal experts both within and outside the government, and they agreed there would be no problem in nominating Nadon to one of the three spots on the court reserved for Quebec judges.
It would have been “totally inappropriate” to have consulted the Supreme Court justices themselves about the appointment, Harper said.
“The other suggestion that has been made is that rather than consulting experts from outside, I should have consulted judges who would eventually be ruling on the case,” Harper told a news conference in London, Ont.
“I believe that would be totally inappropriate.”
Were the prime minister or other minister of the Crown to consult a high court judge about a case due to come before the courts, “I think all the opposition, the media and the legal community would be completely shocked by that kind of behaviour,” Harper said.
“What I did was appropriate: I consulted both internal and external constitutional experts and I allowed the Supreme Court to make its own decision.”