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New judge formally welcomed to high court

OTTAWA - The newest member of the Supreme Court of Canada is being publicly welcomed to his new job.

Justice Richard Wagner of Quebec was appointed earlier this fall by the Conservative government.

Wagner appeared before a House of Commons committee in October where his appointment to the Supreme Court was vetted by MPs.

The 55-year-old Wagner is the middle child of former Quebec Liberal cabinet minister and one-time federal Conservative leadership candidate Claude Wagner.

Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin will speak at the formal welcoming ceremony in the main courtroom of the Supreme Court.

Justice Wagner was actually sworn in at a private ceremony shortly after his appointment.

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