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PM Trudeau to name new Supreme Court judge to replace retiring McLachlin

Chief Justice of Canada, Beverley McLachlin, looks on from the speaker's seat in the Senate Chamber before the installation ceremony for Canada's next Governor General, Julie Payette, in Ottawa on Monday, October 2, 2017. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is poised to appoint a new judge to the Supreme Court of Canada.The new addition is expected to be named Wednesday morning, ensuring that the nine-member bench remains at full strength after Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin retires on Dec. 15. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
November 29, 2017 - 5:21 AM

OTTAWA - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is poised to appoint a new judge to the Supreme Court of Canada.

The new addition is expected to be named Wednesday morning, ensuring that the nine-member bench remains at full strength after Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin retires on Dec. 15.

Insiders say the announcement will not include naming a new chief justice.

Trudeau has been under pressure to appoint the first Indigenous judge to the country's top court.

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould wouldn't say Tuesday whether that will occur but she noted that the government sought applications from judges in western and northern Canada.

Last year, the Liberal government brought in a new Supreme Court appointment process to encourage more openness, transparency and diversity, which also requires high court justices to be functionally bilingual.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2017
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