SNC-Lavalin affair: Splitting AG role from the justice file is worth considering, say former AGs, experts

The political debate around the SNC-Lavalin affair has many threads, but almost all of them could prove that philosopher and one-time attorney general of England Francis Bacon was onto something when he said that to hold his legal post in government was “the painfullest task in the realm.”

Yet in the England and Wales today the post of attorney general and the minister of Justice does not exist as it does in Canada. There the roles are divided between two people, as they are in Australia and New Zealand. But here the political role of minister is sewn into the objective task of being Canada’s attorney general.