PC Leader fights for Supreme Court judge from Atlantic region

August 16, 2016 at 10:52 am

Baillie wants Prime Minister Trudeau to commit today to keeping the 141-year-old convention

PC Leader Jamie Baillie

HALIFAX, NS – Progressive Conservative leader Jamie Baillie says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should commit today to naming a Supreme Court of Canada judge from Atlantic Canada.

Trudeau is scrapping the 141-year-old convention of filling the place of a Supreme Court judge with another judge from the same region. The Prime Minister is in Nova Scotia today.

“It would send a strong message if the Prime Minister would admit to his mistake and formally commit to appointing a Supreme Court judge from our region,” says Baillie. “It’s the right thing to do.”

The Atlantic Provinces are being taken for granted by the federal Liberals. The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) minister is from Ontario, there’s been no change to healthcare funding to account for demographics and the Liberals scrapped the long-standing shrimp fishing practice (LIFO), which will have devastating consequences for the Cape Breton fishery.

Baillie called on Premier McNeil to take action to stop this from happening before it’s too late, but the Premier refuses to stand up to the federal Liberals.

“It’s disappointing that Premier McNeil refuses to stand up for Nova Scotia and the Atlantic region,” says Baillie. “This is another example in a growing list of attacks on the East Coast by the Liberals.”