PM announces nominees for Supreme Court appointments

Ottawa, Ontario
17 October 2011

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced Justice Andromache Karakatsanis and Justice Michael J. Moldaver as the Government’s nominees for the Supreme Court of Canada.

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

Both nominees have agreed to appear at an ad hoc committee of Parliamentarians to answer questions of Members of Parliament on October 19.

“Filling the Supreme Court vacancies has been a priority for our Government. I look forward to the ad hoc committee and to hearing the answers of the two nominees,” added the Prime Minister.

Biographical notes on both candidates are attached. A more detailed dossier can be found at: http://www.fja.gc.ca/home-accueil/index-eng.html

A backgrounder on the Supreme Court of Canada appointments selection process is also attached.

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