DI­VER­SITY ON BENCH WELCOME, TOP JUDGE SAYS

Calgary Herald - - CANADA -

OT­TAWA Supreme Court Chief Jus­tice Richard Wag­ner said Thurs­day he would welcome more di­ver­sity on court­room benches, but he re­fused to be drawn into a broader dis­cus­sion of sys­temic racism.

At his an­nual news con­fer­ence, Wag­ner said it is essen­tial that Cana­di­ans rec­og­nize them­selves in their own in­sti­tu­tions, in­clud­ing the courts. No vis­i­ble mi­nori­ties sit on the nine-mem­ber Supreme Court.

“I wish that we would get more di­ver­sity on the bench, no doubt about that. That’s some­thing that is welcome, that’s some­thing that is good for our so­ci­ety,” he said.

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