The federal Liberal government is changing the fact of the Canadian judiciary, one appointment at a time.
Its first set of 15 appointments included just three white males, while an aboriginal judge (Jonathon George), an Asian-Canadian judge (Douglas Mah) and an LGBT community member (Lucy McSweeney) were chosen, among others.
Critics point out that only a few appointments by Stephen Harper included visible minorities, and that court played home to many conservative judges.
Others suggest that the Liberals are taking the same approach that the Conservatives did by appointing judges who observe the same ideologies as the governing party.
Should judges be chosen based on their cultural background and skin colour, or their merit and achievements?