PRIME MINISTER NOMINATES NEWFOUNDLANDER TO SUPREME COURT
Oct 17, 2016
By Bob Komsic
Canadians on the east coast need not worry.
Atlantic Canada will continue to be represented in the country’s highest court.
Newfoundlander Malcolm Rowe has been nominated by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – a first as the province has never had a Supreme Court justice since joining Confederation in 1949.
The St. John’s-born jurist was first appointed to Newfoundland’s Supreme Court in 1999 and then elevated to the Court of Appeal of Newfoundland and Labrador two years later.
Rowe’s legal work in private practice and on the bench has included constitutional matters, the arbitration of maritime boundaries and negotiation of conventional law through the United Nations.
The 63-year-old Rowe would replace Justice Thomas Cromwell of Nova Scotia, who retired last month.
His selection should go ahead without a problem, if a statement from the Opposition Conservatives is any indication.
”It is appropriate that Atlantic Canada has representation on the Supreme Court of Canada, as they have had for the past 141 years by constitutional convention. It is very important for this representation to continue.”
Members of the Commons Justice and Human Rights Committee and the Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Committee will be able to question the Rowe at a meeting October 25.