WHEREAS it has been the traditional role of judges to merely interpret the law and to restrain from policy making by leaving the drafting of law to the legislators;

AND WHEREAS the 1982 Charter of Rights expanded the role of judges so that they are now ruling on the merits of legislation and are creating law and social policies regardless of the original intent of the legislators;

AND WHEREAS this newly acquired role of judges has given them unfettered power to impose their own political and ideological perspective on the public, rendering them the most powerful and influential individuals in Canada;

AND WHEREAS it is important that judicial appointments are based on merit so that only individuals possessing the characteristics of integrity, experience, balanced judgement and the willingness to be impartial, are appointed to the Bench;

BE IT RESOLVED that all nominations to the judiciary be publicly reviewed by a confirmation hearing carried out by a joint Parliamentary Committee of the Senate and House of Commons