The Libranos are acting like there isn't an election this fall. In the most recent round of judicial appointments in New Brunswick, five out of six were friends of the regional minister, Dominic LeBlanc.
Friends, donors, family — if you have a connection with the local Laurentian Elite, you have a first class ticket to oversee the judiciary, even though none of the connections between Minister LeBlanc and the new judges reflect on their abilities as justices, or even as lawyers.
I used to work for the Canadian Minister of Agriculture. Part of my role was doing preliminary vetting for ministerial appointments. I know first hand that the Regional Minister's Office is consulted on local appointments. (Under the Harper Government, this was a matter of insight and perspective, not patronage.)
I trekked to New Brunswick to see if I could get Dominic Leblanc to admit that he was consulted. I think he was, but getting him to admit that he had a hand in appointing his neighbours, donors, and in-laws into jobs with high salaries will be tough.
Right now, Leblanc is recovering from a bout of cancer, and is not appearing in public all that often. (Keep in mind he is still signed on as a high level campaign operative for the fall election).
Instead, I met up with Jacques Pinet, a major debt relief donor of Leblanc, whose wife just happened to be appointed as a Chief Justice in New Brunswick. As I was collecting footage of the sea-side mansions (one of which was sold from the Leblanc family to the Pinet family in a financial transaction worth $400,000, as reported by the CBC), Jacques Pinet just happened to be disposing of his garbage at the end of his very long driveway. I took the opportunity to ask him some questions, as you can see in the above video.