According to a Supreme Court of Canada news release:
The Rt. Hon. Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of Canada, announced today that Justice Michel Bastarache has written to the Minister of Justice, the Honourable Robert Nicholson, to advise that he will retire at the end of the spring session of the Court, effective June 30, 2008. “Justice Bastarache has served on the Court with wisdom, and made enormous contributions to the Court and to Canada. He is a valued colleague and a friend, who will be missed by all the members of the Court”, said the Chief Justice.
For his part, Justice Bastarache said, “It is a great honour and privilege to be asked to be a member of the Supreme Court of Canada. There are but a small number of jurists who have had the opportunity to serve their country in this capacity, and to have had the chance to participate so directly in the development of the law. I am extremely grateful for the privilege of serving as a member of the Court.”
Justice Bastarache was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada on September 30, 1997, just over 2 years after his appointment to the New Brunswick Court of Appeal.
His successor is expected to be appointed by October 2008.
- Annie Noa Kenet, Toronto
UPDATE: April 13, 2008
St. John, New Brunswick's Telegraph-Journal highlights three judges from the Province who are seen as potential appointees for Justice Bastarache's soon-to-be vacant Supreme Court of Canada seat:
Ernest Drapeau, chief justice of the province, and New Brunswick Court of Appeal judges Joseph Robertson and J.C. Marc Richard are seen as having the legal breadth and intellectual depth to make them worthy appointees.
-Garry J. Wise, Toronto