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Chief justice bluntly warns cupboard bare

Thursday, September 08, 2016 @ 8:00 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

Chief justices are asking whether the federal government is breaching the Constitution by financially “starving” the disciplinary body for federal judges — a state of affairs that has prompted Supreme Court Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin to protest the persistent cash crunch at the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) which she chairs.

Neither the Liberals, nor the predecessor Conservative government, reversed budget cuts imposed by Ottawa on the CJC more than two years ago, notwithstanding several requests since for more money from the council of 39 chief justices....