Quebec quietly takes Supreme Court seat

Justice Clément Gascon of Quebec is a commercial law expert with little background in criminal law. No selection panel of parliamentarians put his name on a shortlist. No public hearing was held in Parliament about his appointment. And Prime Minister Stephen Harper did not cite any of his rulings when he named the 54-year-old Montrealer to the court.

Justice Gascon, who has declined to give interviews since his appointment in June, fills a spot that has been empty for a year, the longest vacancy in the court’s 139-year history.

—from “Unvetted Quebec judge Clément Gascon takes Supreme Court seat” by Sean Fine (Globe & Mail)