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Supreme Court, like Parliament, can accommodate unilingual members

By Tim Powers      

Language and its nuances are important, but they shouldn’t be non-negotiable when it comes to who sits in judgment of us.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will have to make his first appointment to the Supreme Court of Canada after Justice Thomas Cromwell steps down in September. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

The prime minister soon has another important choice to make. Justice Thomas Cromwell will be stepping down from the Supreme Court of Canada on Sept. 1 and will need to be replaced. This will be Justin Trudeau’s first appointment to the highest court in the land.

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