Ontario Premier Doug Ford is facing calls from the province’s opposition parties for an outside review of appointments as his government vowed to comb through all past postings in the wake of outcry over patronage involving his former chief of staff.

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Michael Spratt, a criminal defence lawyer in Ottawa, also called for a review of government appointments, saying the integrity of the process to appoint justices of the peace must be upheld to protect the public’s confidence in the judicial system. Justices of the peace, most of whom are not lawyers, are judicial officers who deal with provincial offences, bail hearings and search warrants, among other responsibilities.

“Given the important role that justices of the peace have, they need to be above reproach,” Mr. Spratt said.

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