Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced the nomination of a judge from Newfoundland and Labrador to become Canada’s newest Supreme Court justice.
Malcolm Rowe has been a trial judge since 1999, according to a biography accompanying Monday’s announcement, and has sat on the Court of Appeal of Newfoundland and Labrador since 2001.
According to questionnaire documents filled out by Rowe and made public on Monday, the judge speaks both French and English. He can understand oral submissions, converse with counsel, read and understand court materials and converse with colleagues in both official languages, the documents state.
That was a key priority for the government in selecting the nominee.
Rowe will now have to prepare for a special meeting of the members of the House of Commons’ Committee on Justice and Human Rights. During that meeting, Justice Minister Jody Wilson Raybould and the chair of the government’s newly created independent advisory board on Supreme Court appointments will explain why Rowe has been chosen.
The nomination comes less than three months after Ottawa announced a new selection process for Supreme Court of Canada justices. The chair of the new advisory board is former Canadian prime minister Kim Campbell, and she tweeted her congratulations on Monday afternoon.
Smiling to think of joy in Newfoundland & Labrador over Justice Malcolm Rowe's appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada! Congratulations!
— Kim Campbell (@AKimCampbell) October 17, 2016
“To further meet our commitment to openness and transparency, members of the House’s Justice and Human Rights Committee and Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee – as well as representatives of the Bloc Québécois and Green Party – will be invited to take part in a Q&A session with the nominee, moderated by a law professor, on October 25,” the prime minister’s office has announced.
Rowe is expected to fill the vacancy left by Justice Thomas Cromwell who retired from the Supreme Court of Canada on Sept. 1.