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Canadian Supreme Court Justice Announces Her Retirement

November 21, 1990

OTTAWA (AP) _ Bertha Wilson, the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada, will retire in January, Justice Minister Kim Campbell announced Tuesday.

Wilson, 67, a native of Kirkaldy, Scotland, began her legal career in Nova Scotia in 1957. In 1975, she was the first woman appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal.

Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau appointed Wilson, a liberal, to the Supreme Court in March 1984.

Campbell paid tribute to Wilson saying she ″helped open the legal profession and the administration of justice to Canadian women.

″Your example has been an inspiration to a generation of women pursuing careers in the law.

″In your judgments and commentaries, you have articulated values of fundamental importance to all Canadians and have challenged us to identify and eradicate inequalities in our society.″

There was no word on when a successor might be appointed.

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