October 28, 2021

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Lametti misrepresented the appointment to the bench of one of his donors

Lametti misrepresented the appointment to the bench of one of his donors

Absolutely TwitterHowever, David Lametti made three additional statements, including the appointment of Daniel Urbas to Quebec’s Superior Court, a lawyer who previously contributed to Mr Lametti’s election fund.

According to information obtained by Radio-Canada, the false tweets of Mr. Lametti, which were mistakenly posted by the authorities who maintain this account, have been removed.

Of course, appointing Mr. Urbas to the bench was an opportunity, but it had not yet happened.

These tweets have been deleted and we have contacted those who apologize for this error and any inconvenience., Said Mr. Lametti spokesman David Taylor.

Political donations

On his website, Mr. Urbas described himself as a lawyer, arbitrator and arbitrator with 25 years of experience in dispute resolution. Could not reach him to comment on the matter.

Mr. Lametti and Mr. Urbas are both graduates of the Faculty of Law at McGill University.

Mr. Urbas 200 provided 1,200 in 2014 for the Mr. Lametti campaign running in the Liberal Party of Canada nomination race in the LaSalle-Emard-Verdun constituency.

The following year, Mr. Urbas donated $ 1,000 to the Federal Liberal Association of LaSalle-Emard-Verdun, according to data compiled by Elections Canada.

Montreal lawyer Daniel Urbas

Photo: urbas.ca

Mr. Lametti won the nomination and was elected to the House of Commons in 2015. He entered the cabinet in 2019 as Minister of Justice, replacing Jodie Wilson-Rebold.

Mr. Urbas may be the second judge to assist Mr. Lametti in the nomination race.

Last year, Mr. Lametti appointed attorney Philippe Belanger to the Quebec Superior Court. In 2014 and 2015, he donated 4,400 to Mr Lametti’s Liberal Nomination Race, and in 2018 to the LaSalle-Emard-Verdun Liberal Association, who donated 500 1,500.

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According to the Conservative Party of Canada, the eventual appointment of Mr. Urbas to the tribunal is a clear case for fanaticism.

It appears that Liberal Minister David Lametti is preparing to appoint a liberal donor to the bench. This is the second time the Justice Minister has named one of the donors for his campaign. Canadians can expect this from the Liberals under Justin Trudeau, Said Conservative MP Michael Barrett.

Daniel LeBlanc

Commissioner of Ethics

In a press release last year, Mr. Lametti announced that he had raised the appointment of Mr. Belonger in advance of the conflict and with the Commissioner of Interest and Ethics.

The latter decided that there was no need to get Mr. Lametti back despite the donations.

In an interview with Radio-Canada, Commissioner Mario Dion questioned whether Mr. Lametti had a friendship with Mr. Belanger and whether it made sense in law.

To avoid a conflict of interest, you must participate in the decision to have a relative or friend., He explained. If someone donates to a political party or even to a particular constituency they are not indicating that they are not friends.

Liberal

In the process of electing future judges, the government will verify whether the legal candidates are donors or supporters of the Liberal Party of Canada or other political parties.

To do this, government employees, among other things, contact the Liberal Party’s private database, which contains detailed information on the interactions that some candidates have with the party.

The opposition has criticized the practice, saying it would be useful to identify and reward party friends, especially when adding a series of consultations with elected officials and liberal supporters on each candidate.

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The government says the inspections will take place after the judge elects a lawyer to the post. The goal is to be prepared to face questions when conflicts arise over an appointment.

Mr Lametti has repeatedly insisted that appointments be made on merit, with the aim of increasing diversity in the judiciary.