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Ottawa sticks to its plan to compel judges to publicly disclose expenses

Thursday, November 09, 2017 @ 6:54 AM | By Cristin Schmitz

The Liberal government has refused the judiciary’s plea to water down proposed legislative changes that would require judges to publicly disclose their travel and other expenses for the first time.

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlinThe Commons Standing Committee on Access to Information, Privacy and Ethics gave short shrift, during clause-by-clause approval of Bill C-58 Nov. 8, to the judicial branch’s warning that measures that would require the online posting of individual judges’ expenses every quarter would violate judicial independence, and would be unconstitutional, if passed.

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