Canada at War: MANITOBA: Press v. Age

Canadian judges, rarely criticized, even more rarely deign to answer critics. Last week octogenarian Justice Robert Maxwell Dennistoun of Manitoba's Appeal Court took exception to the rule, turned on a critic.

In February, the Winnipeg Free Press declared: "The men who occupy [the Appeal Court] do not have the collective energy to deal adequately with the litigation before them. Two of the judges, by reason of age and infirmity, are unable to discharge their duties ... a condition which approaches a public scandal."

Last week Justice Dennistoun swore in Missouri-born Ewen Alexander McPherson,...

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