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GG addresses Canadian Bar Association

Gov. Gen. David Johnston delivered the opening address at the Canadian Bar Association convention in Halifax on Sunday

Gov. Gen. David Johnston delivered the opening address at The Canadian Bar Association convention in Halifax on Sunday.

"Simply put, I love the law," he told the 1,000 delegates.

Johnston, a long time member of the bar, said it's important for lawyers to stay on top of their game because in this day and age of electronic and internet activity, the justice world has changed.

He also shared some advice for law students looking to get into the justice system.

"I would encourage them to work wisely over the next three years of their studies, and through their entire professional life, to know the law well, and to refine their sense of justice," Johnston said.

"That, after all, is why each of us embarked on the study of law in the first place."

There have been a lot of changes in the justice system, he said, and the courts need to become more efficient and cut down on delays and backlogs.

"A shared willingness is needed to work toward ensuring a fair, equitable and speedy end to each case for the benefits of the individuals involved, the legal system itself and society as a whole," Johnston said.

The governor general also strongly advised law firms to put more women in senior roles.

Federal Justice Minister Rob Nicholson will be a guest at the convention on Monday.

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