Prime Minister Justin Trudeau launched the selection process to find a replacement for the judge Rosalie Silberman Abella, appointed in 2004 while sitting on the Ontario Court of Appeal. According to the conventional principle of regional representation, it is from this province that the next judge must come.
Interested candidates have until April 2 to submit their application.
This selection follows a new process, implemented in 2016 by the government. It is therefore an independent and impartial advisory committee that will have the mandate to select the qualified candidates who can be appointed to the Court.
This committee, chaired by the former prime minister Kim campbell, will be made up of six other members: Erika Chamberlain, Dean of Law at the University of Western Ontario, Louise charron, retired Supreme Court judge, Signa A. Daum Shanks, Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School, David Henry, Director General, Association of Social Rehabilitation Services of Quebec, Jill perry, Senior Counsel for Legal Aid Nova Scotia, and Beverley Noel Salmon, Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission.
Committee members should study the applications received, but also actively seek out suitable candidates and encourage them to apply. It will only recommend people who are actually bilingual.
The shortlist of candidates will then be given to the Minister of Justice, who will consult the Attorney General of the province concerned, the opposition spokesperson for justice, members of the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. the person of the House of Commons and the Standing Senate Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs before making his choice.