North to be in­cluded as po­ten­tial source for next Supreme Court jus­tice

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

OT­TAWA — Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau has opened the process to choose the next Supreme Court jus­tice and for the first time, can­di­dates from the North are be­ing specif­i­cally in­vited to ap­ply.

Chief Jus­tice Bev­er­ley McLach­lin is re­tir­ing this year, and tra­di­tion dic­tates her va­cancy would be filled by a qual­i­fied judge or lawyer from one of Canada’s four western provinces, as she is from B.C.

But in a state­ment Fri­day, Trudeau says the North is now be­ing acknowledged in that tra­di­tion and so can­di­dates from there and the West will be el­i­gi­ble for the post.

The North­west Ter­ri­to­ries, Yukon and Nu­navut do not have a rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the court.

The new jus­tice will be cho­sen by an in­de­pen­dent ad­vi­sory board, the mem­bers of which will be an­nounced a later date. The other qual­i­ties listed for the job in­clude be­ing “jurists of the high­est cal­i­bre, func­tion­ally bilin­gual, and rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the di­ver­sity of our great coun­try.”

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