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The Hon. Grant  Mitchell, B.A., M.A., C.F.A. Senator Grant Mitchell has had careers in the public service, business and politics in Alberta. He was appointed by former Prime Minister Paul Martin in March, 2005.

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Gender Imbalance in the Judiciary

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Statement made on 07 June 2012 by Senator Joan Fraser

Hon. Joan Fraser:

Honourable senators, what a lovely opening the leader has just given me. My question is about the persistent and very thick glass ceiling that seems to affect the appointment of women as judges in this country.

We are stuck solid at 27 per cent — 27 per cent last year; 27 per cent since April 1, 2007. This seems strange given that 40 per cent of the members of law societies in Canada are women. In April, the President of the Canadian Bar Association said:

With more women than ever in the profession, the judiciary should more accurately represent Canada's — and the legal profession's — gender balance and diversity. . . . Surely there are more women who are qualified to be appointed to the Bench.

Can the leader tell us, please, what the government plans to do to rectify this imbalance?

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