A Vancouver lawyer won’t be giving up his constitutional challenge over Senate vacancies despite seven new appointments to the upper chamber.
Aniz Alani says the move is encouraging after all most three years of inaction leading to what is now 17 empty Senate seats.
But Alani says either the Prime Minister introduces legislation to mandate a timeline to fill empty Senate seats or the court will.
“We can’t just rely on Prime Ministers sense of political expediency to comply with the constitution. What this case is really about is getting lasting clarity from the courts about whether Prime Ministers have an obligation at all to provide that advice or whether they can just let the Governor General sit without advice indefinitely as Mr. Harper attempted to do.”
So he will be back in court June 22nd unless….
“Full speed ahead although as I made clear publicly not to long ago that if Prime Minister Trudeau is willing to introduce legislation that would fix some sort of time limit that we know in the future that Prime Ministers will be held accountable to filling vacancies in a timely way then I would be perfectly content to accept that.”
Alani says the new appointments are a positive development but Canadians need clarity over whether or not the Prime Minister has an obligation to fill empty seats in a timely manner.