'Taunted and harassed' as a youth, judge Mahmud Jamal receives historic Supreme Court nomination
Published Thursday, June 17, 2021 1:01PM EDT Last Updated Thursday, June 17, 2021 5:21PM EDT
OTTAWA -- The judge poised to be the first person of colour on the Supreme Court of Canada says he experienced discrimination "as a fact of daily life" while growing up.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau nominated Ontario Court of Appeal Justice Mahmud Jamal to the top court Thursday to replace retiring member Rosalie Abella.
Born in 1967 in Nairobi, Kenya, to a family originally from India, Jamal moved two years later to Britain.
In a questionnaire submitted as part of his application to the Supreme Court, Jamal said that because he attended Anglican schools, he received a hybrid religious and cultural upbringing.