At 62, Justice Marc Nadon of Ottawa had reached the magic number.
age plus his 18 years in the Federal Court’s trial and appeal divisions
added up to 80 – allowing him the option to work about half his usual
hours and still receive his full pay of $288,100. An option he took. To
mark the transition, he took four weeks off for a southern holiday, then
returned to a lightened workload.
But his break wasn’t to last. This fall, Prime Minister Stephen Harper
appointed Justice Nadon to the Supreme Court of Canada – not only ending
his career’s twilight but putting him into what is turning out to be a
glaring spotlight. Instead of the usual praise for such appointments,
the legal community reponded with shock, and vocal displeasure.