Friday, July 01, 2005

I almost feel sorry for a lot of folks in the US. US Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has announced her intention to resign. Its generally believed Chief Justice William Renquist will soon resign due to health problems. The result? Weeks, or even months, of contentious debate in Congress once President Bush picks his candidates for replacements. Compare this to what happens in Canada, where appointing a Supreme Court Justice is a relatively quiet proceedure with Parliament not having any direct veto power over the appointment. Some people want a much greater involvement by Parliament in the process a la the American system. Should this happen hopefully a way can be found to do it without the level of rancor that currently marks the US process.

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