New Brunswick MP Yvon Godin wants the House of Commons to approve a motion saying new appointees to the Supreme Court should be bilingual, meaning able to follow proceedings in both official languages without using an interpreter. Eight of the nine sitting justices already meet this criteria.
The Conservatives are opposing the motion, led by Justice Minister Rob Nicholson. Michael Ignatieff is likely to be embarrassed if some Liberal M.P.s break ranks to oppose it. The Bloc hopes it will be rejected, creating front page news in Quebec.