If you want to learn how Prime Minister Stephen Harper is surreptitiously transforming the country, look no further than today's Globe and Mail.
Justice reporter Sean Fine spent months researching the role that key Conservative cabinet ministers are playing in the appointment and promotion of federally appointed judges.
His article provided compelling evidence that Harper and key current and former cabinet ministers (including James Moore, Rona Ambrose, Jason Kenney, Joe Oliver, and Peter MacKay) have devoted enormous attention to finding "reliable judges".
Reliability, in the Conservative government's view, is someone who is more likely to defer to the will of Parliament. Fine also wrote that ideal judicial candidates have a "general worldview involving a lack of sympathy for minority causes or convicted criminals".
Perhaps not shockingly, he also revealed how some judges lobby Conservative politicians either directly or indirectly for promotions to higher courts.
There's also some terrific reporting on the ideological underpinnings of the "originalism" movement, which seeks to stifle constitutional interpretations that reflect changing times and social attitudes.
There's a widespread belief that the Supreme Court of Canada is the country's bulwark against Harper's legislative excesses.
Fine's article in the Globe and Mail demonstrates that there's no room for complacency because the Conservatives are gradually chipping away at the independence of the judiciary from below.