PM Harper Picks up Two Ontario Judges for Supreme Court of Canada

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On Monday, PM Harper nominated two judges for the Supreme Court – Justice Andromache Karakatsanis and Justice Michael Moldaver.

Harper said: “Both Justice Karakatsanis and Justice Moldaver’s candidacies were examined through a comprehensive process. (They are) exceptional candidates who have the skills and qualifications necessary to serve Canadians as judges of the Supreme Court of Canada.”

Moldaver and Karakatsanis will replace retiring judges Ian Binnie and Louise Charron.

Reportedly, 64-year-old Moldaver has been a candid appellate judge with immense practice of criminal law. He has publicly condemned a propagation of proceedings under the Charter of Rights and is known for announcing stiff verdicts.

Queens University law professor Don Stuart says, “I don’t read his recent judgments as being particularly enamoured of the Charter, and I suspect that’s why he was chosen in the sense that he’s a conservative, really, on the Charter rights for the accused.”

On the other hand, 56-year-old Karakatsanis is fluent in French, English and Greek, and will happen to be the first Greek-Canadian judge to be seated in Canada’s apex court. Her selection, however, is likely to draw criticism as she has spent most of her career as a senior civil servant, and has close association with the Harper government.

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