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Quebec Court of Appeal judge nominated to replace Gascon on SCC

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 @ 4:26 PM | By John Chunn

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on July 10 the nomination of the Honourable Nicholas Kasirer to the Supreme Court of Canada.

According to the PMO’s press release, Justice Kasirer has led an exceptional career as a judge and professor, earning the esteem of his peers in Canada and around the world. He served for a decade as a judge of the Court of Appeal of Quebec, where he was appointed in 2009. Prior to that, he led a 20-year career as a professor of law at McGill University, including as dean of the Faculty of Law. Justice Kasirer is perfectly bilingual.

Nicholas Kasirer

Justice Nicholas Kasirer

On July 25, 2019, members of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights will participate in a special committee hearing, where the minister of Justice and a representative of the Independent Advisory Board for Supreme Court of Canada Judicial Appointments for Quebec Seats (Advisory Board) will explain the selection process for the nomination in greater detail. The hearing will be a chance for parliamentarians to learn more about the reasons for this nomination, and the process the advisory board followed to recommend candidates.

Members of the same House committee — as well as members of the Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee and representatives of the Bloc Québécois, the Green Party of Canada and the People’s Party of Canada — will be invited to take part in a question-and-answer session with the nominee, which will also be held on July 25. The session will be moderated by a law professor.

This nomination will fill the vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of Justice Clément Gascon. It represents the third nomination under the Supreme Court appointment process launched by the government of Canada in 2016. Through the process, an independent and non-partisan advisory board is tasked with identifying candidates. In the case of Quebec seats, an advisory board is created that reflects Quebec’s unique legal tradition and ensures greater participation by its government in the selection process for judges from the province. The decision is ultimately made by the prime minister.

“I am happy to announce the nomination of Justice Kasirer to the Supreme Court of Canada. Canada’s Supreme Court is respected around the world for its strength, independence and judicial excellence,” said Trudeau. “With his outstanding legal and academic experience, gained over a distinguished 30-year career, I know Justice Kasirer will be an asset to our country’s highest court.”

Photo of Nicholas Kasier courtesy of the Quebec Court of Appeal