Chief justice of Supreme Court welcomes new member

Clément Gascon. (Courtesy Supreme Court of Canada)

Clément Gascon. (Courtesy Supreme Court of Canada)

QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 12:23 AM ET

OTTAWA — Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin welcomed the Supreme Court's newest member on Wednesday.

"(Clement Gascon) brings extensive expertise in the commercial and civil law of Quebec, as well as many years of experience as a judge," McLachlin said in a statement. "I look forward to his contributions to the court."

Gascon is Prime Minister Stephen Harper's second choice to replace retired justice Morris Fish after the Supreme Court rejected Marc Nadon's appointment because he lacked the qualifications to represent Quebec.

Gascon, currently a judge on the Quebec Court of Appeal, is to assume his new duties next week and bypass any parliamentary scrutiny.

The NDP and Liberals have endorsed his appointment as has the Quebec government.

Another Quebec vacancy on the top court comes up in the fall.


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