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French – best learnt before your Supreme Court nomination

Witness this month’s exchange in the press between Justice Marshall Rothstein and NDP MP Joe Comartin (Judge rebukes NDP MPs for claiming he broke vow to learn French), as well as Justice Moldaver’s vow to try to get his French into hearing-ready form (Supreme Court nominee vows to improve French skills).  However these two stories run their course, and whatever may be the fairness to the nominees, what can be the effect of cornering judges into making these impossible promises before they take high office?  Can any good come out of this, for judicial independence and the rule of law?…