Former P.E.I. premier MacLauchlan named chair of Supreme Court of Canada advisory board
Wade MacLauchlan served as premier from 2015 until Liberal Party's 2019 election loss
Former P.E.I. premier Wade MacLauchlan has been appointed chair and member of the Independent Advisory Board for Supreme Court of Canada Judicial Appointments.
The former law professor and university president was the 32nd premier of Prince Edward Island, from 2015-2019. He led the Liberal Party for four years, eventually resigning after failing to win his own seat in the April 2019 election.
MacLauchlan made historic firsts in his political career, including being the first openly gay man and the ﬁrst member of the Order of Canada to become premier.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced MacLauchlan's appointment as part of the process to select the next justice of the Supreme Court. That person will fill the vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of Justice Michael J. Moldaver.
The Independent Advisory Board is a "non-partisan board ... responsible for identifying candidates who are jurists of the highest calibre, functionally bilingual, and representative of the diversity of our country," the prime minister's office said.
It was created in 2016 as part of a new process for judicial appointments to the Supreme Court and was chaired by former prime minister Kim Campbell.
The Supreme Court consists of nine judges, including a chief justice. Candidates must have been either a judge of a superior court or a member of at least 10 years' standing of the bar of a province or territory.
MacLauchlan served as P.E.I.'s premier until an early election call in April 2019, when the Liberals lost their 12-year majority government and were reduced to third-party status. MacLauchlan resigned as party leader following that loss.
MacLauchlan is a president emeritus of the University of Prince Edward Island, where he served as president from 1999 to 2011.