Judge Karakatsanis, who is fluent in English, French and Greek, would be the Supreme Court’s first Greek-Canadian judge. Her appointment will forestall feminist criticism.
“Justice Karakatsanis candidacy was examined through a comprehensive process,” said Prime Minister Harper in a release. “Madam Justice Karakatsanis is an exceptional candidate who has the skills and qualifications necessary to serve Canadians as judges of the Supreme Court of Canada.”
Having spent her career as a top civil servant, Judge Karakatsanis has vast administrative experience but little in the realities of a law practice. Her career on the bench has been short and she has produced little in the way of significant or memorable jurisprudence.
Justice Karakatsanis is largely an unknown quantity, Prof. Hutchinson said. “She has no real judicial experience and has done little to make her mark on the Ontario Court of Appeal”, he said.
“Her appointment is a clear Conservative appointment with a nod to the women and ethnic lobby, but it is hard to imagine her doing much progressive for those groups”, he concluded.