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soulchaser
08-01-2017, 11:58 AM
https://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2017/08/01/this-lawyer-gave-the-liberals-more-than-1800-then-he-became-a-judge.html

OTTAWA—A Toronto lawyer who was recently appointed a Superior Court judge donated more than $1,800 to the governing federal Liberal party in the months before he was named to the bench, a string of giving that included the purchase of a ticket to fundraising dinner.
Between March 2016 and March 2017, Andrew Sanfilippo gave $1,878.87 to the Liberal party. The founding partner at the downtown law firm O’Donnell, Robertson & Sanfilippo became a judge in late June and the government announced his appointment July 18.
According to online records from Elections Canada that go back to 2006, Sanfilippo’s first political contribution was $478.87 on March 31, 2016. He acknowledged in a statement through a Superior Court spokesperson that this was for a Liberal fundraising dinner — the same price as tickets for a dinner with Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould that was hosted by the Torys LLP firm.

soulchaser
08-01-2017, 11:59 AM
MORE:
The fundraiser drew controversy at the time, with Conservative MPs decrying how the minister was soliciting partisan money from stakeholders in her portfolio. Ottawa’s ethics commissioner Mary Dawson highlighted the event in her 2016 annual report and determined that while it raised “questions about the appropriateness of the way the fundraisers were organized,” it did not break Parliament’s ethics rules.
It is not unusual for judicial appointees to have made political donations, nor does it break any rules.

soulchaser
08-01-2017, 12:00 PM
More still:
Judges are technically appointed by the governor general, who acts on the advice of cabinet and the justice minister, according to the department’s website. The government overhauled its judicial appointment process last October, explaining at the time that they would make the regional committees that consider applications for appointments more diverse and independent.
Using the Elections Canada online database of contributions, the Star found that 13 people with names and locations matching those of new judges appointed this year by Ottawa have donated money to political parties since 2006. Of these, two involved contributions to the Conservatives, and the rest were to the Liberal party.

soulchaser
08-01-2017, 12:07 PM
"The government overhauled its judicial appointment process last October, explaining at the time that they would make the regional committees that consider applications for appointments more diverse and independent."


Uh-huh.

Just like the "independant committee" the Liberals set up to select "independant Senators".

I'm sure it's just a coincidence 90% of those "independant Senators" have some kind of connection to the Liberal Party of Canada in their past.

Swampdonkey
08-01-2017, 01:01 PM
Simony isn't exclusive to religion.

lone-wolf
08-01-2017, 01:17 PM
I would of expected a Superior Court judge's position to cost more

Run 'n' Gun
08-01-2017, 01:50 PM
I would of expected a Superior Court judge's position to cost more

Don't worry, he'll get his chance when he has some lib back bencher in front of him on conspiracy or finance charges and he slams the gavel and says Not Guilty!

Mark-II
08-01-2017, 01:51 PM
The rest of the "cash for access" story.

CLW .45
08-02-2017, 08:50 AM
Nice return on his investment.

triq
08-02-2017, 09:05 AM
How much to be named a Senator? Seems like an easier gig.