Right after attending the nuclear safety summit in The Hague, Netherlands, Prime Minister Stephen Harper revealed that even though he was “very surprised” by the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada he still “respects” its ruling that rejected his Quebec nominee Marc Nadon.
However, PM Harper did not reveal anything about what he plans to do next, although he did confirm that the government will not attempt to reappoint Nadon. He indicated that the government will be moving forward to fill a gap that’s been open since the start of the court’s fall 2013 session. Just like Justice Minister Peter MacKay, Harper, alleged that the government is reviewing how to proceed. In response to a question, he replied that “we obviously were very surprised by the Supreme Court decision on the matter of the vacancy because this issue had been raised with us as a very hypothetical and we had commissioned expert opinion on it which was completely contrary to the decision.”