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The Chief Justice of the Supreme Court says Parliament should not try to change the current process for appointing judges to Canada's highest court.

Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin says the existing appointment process is working just fine and should not be politicized.

Currently, the Constitution gives the prime minister final say in appointing justices to the court.

Chief Justice McLachlin said in a speech to Ottawa business people that that helps maintain public confidence that the courts are not political.

In the speech, Chief Justice McLachlin said the public would not want its high court to be a "mirror" of Parliament.

There is currently one space on the nine-member Supreme Court - the seat vacated by former justice John Major, who retired in December.

 

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