In choosing a Supreme Court judge, the Prime Minister has complete discretion, with the sole exceptions being the stipulations regarding professional experience and regional representation under the Supreme Court Act. The rest of Parliament, as well as the provinces and territories, have no formal authority in appointing judges to the Supreme Court. It is, however, open to the Prime Minister to consult with provincial/territorial leaders prior to making a selection, as well as to allow some parliamentary review of that selection, if s/he so chooses. In 2004 and 2006, special parliamentary committees were allowed to review the appointments of justices Rosalie Abella, Louise Charron, and Marshall Rothstein to the Supreme Court. It is important to note, however, that theses committee had very limited review powers and no authority to veto the Prime Minister’s selection.


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