Peter MacKay tries to explain lack of diversity on federal courts | Toronto Star

Several of the men and women at the meeting of the Ontario Bar Association’s council described the remarks to the Star variously as “disappointing,” “bizarre,” “frustrating” or “offensive.”In the first instance, they said the answer failed to address the issue of diversity. Secondly, they suggested it was presumptuous if not insensitive, and thirdly it betrayed a lack of understanding of, or commitment to, the goal of making the judiciary more representative, they said.The Ontario Bar Association recorded the session, but refused to release the audio to the Star, saying it was a “private meeting.”MacKay’s office said it did not have a transcript and declined to urge the OBA to release the recording.Arleen Huggins, president of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, said she asked the Conservative minister in charge of federal appointments to superior trial and appellate courts across the country what steps the government would take to address the lack of diversity and of visible minority judges on the bench, using the example of initiatives it took to boost the number of women in the past.

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