October 17, 2011 / 4:08 PM / in 6 years

Harper nominates Ontario judges to Supreme Court

(Reuters) - Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced two nominees to the country’s Supreme Court on Monday, his first nominations there since he won a majority government last spring.

The new appointees, named in a government release, are Andromache Karakatsanis and Michael Moldaver, both judges from Ontario’s Court of Appeal.

Moldaver has served there since 1995, while Karakatsanis joined Ontario’s highest court last year. Most of her background is with the province’s civil service, primarily under Conservative governments.

Canada’s Prime Minister has broad powers to select Supreme Court judges. The two nominees will answer questions before a parliamentary committee on Wednesday, but the committee cannot block the appointments.

Harper chose the nominees from a list of six candidates submitted by a panel of parliamentarians, but that panel was in turn selecting from candidates assembled by Harper’s own Minister of Justice and Attorney General.

Reporting by Allison Martell; editing by Janet Guttsman

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