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PM respects tradition of alternating top judges between Quebec and rest of Canada, names Wagner the SCC’s new chief justice

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 @ 10:48 AM | By Cristin Schmitz

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named Justice Richard Wagner — the top court’s senior Quebec puisne judge — as the 18th chief justice of Canada, succeeding Beverley McLachlin on Dec. 18.

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin (right) congratulates Justice Richard Wagner following the announcement of his appointment as Chief Justice of Canada.The appointment respects the decades’ old tradition of alternating chief justices from Quebec and from the rest of Canada. Chief Justice McLachlin, who retires Dec. 15, is from British Columbia and Alberta. Justice Wagner could be...