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Improving Administrative Justice in Manitoba: Starting with the Appointments Process


This report discusses the difficult issue of what role, if any, partisanship (in the sense of 
appointees’ known sympathies with the government’s political leanings) should play in the 
appointments process. This report outlines the formal mechanisms for making board 
appointments in Canadian common law jurisdictions and outlines the issues that arise with the 
less formal mechanisms. It examines how concerns with appointments have emerged in 
Canadian jurisdictions and how governments have changed their appointments processes in 
response to those concerns. This report describes publicly available information on the current 
appointments process in Manitoba, and reviews developments and reforms in appointments 
policies in Canada and other jurisdictions. The final part of this report examines more closely the 
elements of appointments policies and makes recommendations on a new appointments policy 
for Manitoba



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This summary was last reviewed in Aug 20, 2013:custom:F, Aug 20, 2013:custom:Y.