Justice Department’s proactive disclosure suggests feds sought Binnie’s advice on Nadon’s Supreme Court appointment two months before McLachlin attempted to flag ‘potential issue’

A Justice Department contract last year with former Supreme Court justice Ian Binnie’s Toronto law firm indicates Prime Minister Stephen Harper sought Mr. Binnie’s opinion on the constitutionality of Federal Court Judge Marc Nadon’s appointment to the Supreme Court nearly two months before Supreme Court of Canada Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin attempted to flag a “potential issue” with the appointment.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper, pictured in this file photo on Parliament Hill. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

By Tim Naumetz

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, May 7, 2014 8:41 PM

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