Anthony Kennedy, a judge who has sat on the U.S. Supreme Court for 30 years, announced he is retiring, and last night, Donald Trump nominated his replacement: Brett Kavanaugh.
Unlike Canada, where our prime minister just makes the pick and it’s done, in the U.S., the Senate gets to grill the president’s nominees, and it goes hard. Quite a few nominees don’t make it.
This forces the president to think carefully about who he is going to choose; they generally have to have some real talent, merit and track record, and be ideologically temperate enough to carry the Senate.
I think Kavanaugh is going to be confirmed, but it’s going to be a noisy fight, as well it should be.
Now compare all of that to Canada.
If you’re watching my show, you’re probably pretty political. But how many Canadian Supreme Court judges can you name?
Why not? Do you not think it’s important? Do you not think they are political, and powerful, and have as many opinions as Ruth Bader Ginsburg — even if they’re smarter than her, and keep their opinions to themselves?
Stephen Harper started a tradition of having a ceremonial meeting of his nominee before a parliamentary committee that asked a few gentle questions of his choices, and that was it — no vote, no nothing. It was all for show.
Watching Trump appoint Kavanaugh, I’m jealous. Not just of a president who is unafraid to make a truly conservative choice. But of an entire system that treats the court like what it is — just another branch of government, that is not infallible, and that, at the end of the day, must serve its people, and at least during the nomination process, has to act like it.
I think our own Supreme Court could use a dose of that, don’t you...?
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