Trudeau nominates first non-white judge in Canadian history

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau nominated the first person of color to the country’s Supreme Court in its 146-year existence on Thursday.

According to media reports, Justice Mahmud Jamal is the first Muslim judge to be nominated to the Supreme Court of Canada after the retirement of Justice Rosalie Abella, the longest-serving judge in Canadian history.

Julie Dzerowicz, a Canadian politician and member of Parliament, said Jamal had “a distinguished career as a litigator.”

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Justice Mahmud Jamal was born in Nairobi in 1967, after which his family emigrated to the United Kingdom (UK) in 1969, and then his family moved to Canada in 1981, where he received his primary education.

Jamal has been a judge of the Ontario Court of Appeal since 2019 and has pursued several cases in the Supreme Court. However, he will assume office at the Supreme Court on July 1, 2021.

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The Prime Minister of Canada called Justice Jamal’s nomination historic and said in a Twitter message that he knew that Justice Mahmud Jamal would be an important asset to the Supreme Court due to his extraordinary legal, academic and commitment to his service.

“He’ll be a valuable asset to the Supreme Court — and that’s why, today, I’m announcing his historic nomination to our country’s highest court,” Trudeau wrote on Twitter.

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