Tuesday, November 13, 2007

This Week in the History of the Supreme Court of Canada

On Nov. 12, 1995, Emmett Matthew Hall, former puisne judge to the Supreme Court of Canada, died at the age of 96. He is considered by many to be the father of medicare, Canada's national universal health insurance system.

On this day, Nov. 13, 1992, Mr. Justice John Major was appointed puisne judge to the Supreme Court of Canada. He retired from the Court in late December, 2005.

He now heads the Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182. In 1985, Air India Flight 182 was blown apart by a bomb off the coast of Ireland, killing all 329 people on board. The vast majority of the victims were Canadian citizens from British Columbia and Ontario who were en route from Vancouver to India to visit relatives. It is the worst terrorist atrocity ever in Canadian history.

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