DIVERSITY ON BENCH WELCOME, TOP JUDGE SAYS
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.