Prime Minister names Quebec judge to Supreme Court of Canada

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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.