Amidst all of the hullabaloo associated with dropping the election writ, the public has not noticed that Stephen Harper has appointed another man to the Supreme Court. It can't be accidental that Russell Brown, a law professor at the University of Alberta, has escaped public scrutiny.
As a law professor, Brown does not have a paper trail of decisions by which to judge his competence for the job. But he is a blogger. And, while it's no crime to blog, the opinions on his blog raise serious questions about his ability to administer justice impartially. Jeff Sallot writes:
In various blog posts Brown has described Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau as “unspeakably awful,” characterized the Anglican Church as a collective of “eco-pagans” and dissed the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet’s Buddhists, as “not a nice man”.
In another post, Brown wrote that those who depict Harper as scary political figure with a hidden right-wing agenda were misreading him. “Admittedly,” he added, “I harbour some hope for a hidden agenda, but I doubt it’s going to happen.
Brown’s other targets included the Ontario Liberal government’s “hot air” environmental policies and the “puritanical functionaries” who run human rights commissions.
Clearly, Professor Brown is Stephen Harper's kind of judge -- as, most assuredly, Beverley McLachlin is not. Consider, for a moment, Chief Justice Brown. And consider that Stephen Harper has corrupted every institution he has touched. The institutions he hasn't been able to corrupt he has killed.
Corrupt or Destroy. That is his prime directive.