Harper to announce two Supreme Court nominees: CTV

CTV News is reporting that Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to name two judges from the Ontario Court of Appeal to Canada’s highest court as early as Monday.

OTTAWA — CTV News is reporting that Prime Minister Stephen Harper is expected to name two judges from the Ontario Court of Appeal to Canada’s highest court as early as Monday.

According to CTV, Harper has chosen Justice Andromache Karakatsanis and Justice Michael J. Moldaver.

Karakatsanis, who’s also been considered for chief justice of the Ontario Court of Appeal, was a former top public servant in Ontario before Jean Chretien named her to the bench in 2002. Moldaver, a former defence lawyer, was named to the bench by Brian Mulroney and promoted to the Ontario Court of Appeal by Chretien.

The justice department consulted the legal community for a list of qualified candidates. The names were then submitted to an all-party committee of MPs who whittled the list down to six unanimous choices.

The two vacancies were created when Justice Louise Charron and Justice Ian Binnie announced last May that they would retire on Aug. 30.

Harper has already appointed two justices to the bench in the last five years.