New justice minister arrives amid bail debate, vows fresh look at judicial vacancies

By Stephanie Taylor THE CANADIAN PRESS OTTAWA- Canada’s new justice minister plans to tell his staff and department to move “expeditiously” to address judicial vacancies, an issue that had dogged his predecessors and resulted in a reprimand from the country’s top judge. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau picked Toronto MP and former human rights and constitutional lawyer Arif Viranito replace David Lametti when he unveiled his new cabinet this week, in a shuffle meant to renew the Liberal benches after nearly eight years in government. Virani, an Ismaili Muslim who came to Canada as a refugee from Uganda in 1972, is one of seven rookies entering cabinet. But jumping straight into the dual role of justice minister and attorney general makes him the biggest mover of the bunch. “The prime minister…

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