Thursday, September 03, 2009

Orangeville Editorial Calls For Justice Pugsley Elevation

I'm not sure I've previously seen an editorial calling for the elevation of a provincially-appointed Ontario Court Judge to the federal, Superior Court bench.

The Orangeville Citizen has done exactly that today, calling upon the Prime Minister to appoint Justice Bruce Pugsley to a higher court:

IF PRIME MINISTER STEPHEN HARPER has been keeping up with the news during his Northern exploits, he may be thinking seriously of exerting his influence to have Justice Bruce Pugsley appointed as a judge of the Ontario Superior Court or the Federal Court of Canada.

It's not often that an Ontario Court judge's written decision makes great waves throughout the law establishment of a province, but Justice Pugsley has probably brought about some significant family law reforms with his ruling and 18-page decision last year on a Dufferin case that to some might have appeared minor at first glance.

...For some reason, most recent appointments to the Ontario Superior Court have been of lawyers, not lower-court judges.

But there is no doubt in our mind that we have one here who has demonstrated the kind of quality needed for an appointment to a higher court.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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