Atlantic Canada cheers 'historic' nomination of Newfoundlander to Supreme Court

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HALIFAX - A sense of relief spread through East Coast legal circles Monday when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau nominated a Newfoundlander to the Supreme Court of Canada, with some experts suggesting pressure from the region appears to have had an impact.

"It really sensitized the prime minister to the importance that Atlantic Canadians place on their place in the federation," said Ray Wagner, spokesman for the Atlantic Provinces Trial Lawyers Association, after Trudeau named Malcolm Rowe, a provincial Court of Appeal justice, to the country's top court.

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