Former Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould has retained former Supreme Court of Canada justice Thomas Cromwell as counsel for advice on topics that she is legally permitted to discuss in the SNC-Lavlin scandal. This high profile case involves alleged pressure on the Attorney General from the PMO to make a deal with the Québec engineering company to avoid persecution stemming from fraud and corruption. Ms. Wilson-Raybould’s decision to retain Cromwell is making court watchers a bit uneasy as the debate on what judges should do after retirement continues. Some say former judges ought not to take on a public role of acting for a particular client, especially high-profile political clients, while others believe there are already ethical rules that govern former justices to know exactly the limits of their involvement. Eugene Meehan, Q.C. weighs in on this divided debate and likens the choice to seeing a specialist, one who can deal with the issue fast and efficiently. He states in this Hill Times article: “Good lawyers do not self-identify with their clients. Good lawyers see both sides. This lawyer’s appointment is good for the client, good for the PMO, good for Canada.” Read the full article here.