Prime Minister names Quebec judge to Supreme Court of Canada


Independent Senator Pierre Dalphond is praising Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's choice to fill an upcoming vacancy on the next Supreme Court of Canada.

Trudeau has nominated Nicholas Kasirer, a Quebec judge and former dean of the McGill University law faculty who has a passion for civil law.

Senator Dalphond is a former judge who met Kasirer at McGill and worked closely with him on the Quebec appeal court.

He says Kasirer's appointment would bring to the Supreme Court, ``an exceptional legal expert, both in civil and common law, a great listener, who is curious and open-minded, an elegant writing style, an experienced appeal judge, and a man with collegial spirit.''

Kasirer has served on the Quebec Court of Appeal for a decade.

His nomination fills the vacancy created by the coming retirement of Justice Clement Gascon.

On the 25th of this month, the Commons justice committee will hold a special hearing, moderated by a law professor, where members will be able to question Kasirer and learn more about why he was chosen.