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Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced the appointments of the Honourable Justice Gerald J. Rip as Chief Justice to the Tax Court of Canada and of the Honourable Justice Eugene P. Rossiter as Associate Chief Justice to the Tax Court of Canada.
Mr. Rip is replacing the Honourable Donald G.H. Bowman, the current Chief Justice, who is retiring. Mr. Rossiter replaces the Honourable Justice Gerald J. Rip who was the Associate Chief Justice.
These appointments are effective immediately.
Biographical notes attached.
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The Honourable Justice Gerald J. Rip
Chief Justice Rip received a Bachelor of Laws with distinction from the University of Montréal in 1965 and a Bachelor of Arts in 1962 from Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University) in Montréal. He was admitted to the Bar of Quebec in 1966. In 1968, Chief Justice Rip started his career in tax litigation with the Department of Justice. In 1973, he practiced with the firm of Soloway, Wright, Houston & Associates in Ottawa for ten years. Chief Justice Rip was first appointed to the Tax Court of Canada in 1983, and was appointed as Associate Chief Justice in 2006. He has guest lectured on various aspects of Canadian Tax Law in law schools and universities across the country.
The Honourable Justice Eugene P. Rossiter
Associate Chief Justice Rossiter received a Bachelor of Laws in 1978 from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Business Administration in 1974 from St. Francis Xavier University. He was admitted to the Bar of Prince Edward Island in 1978. In 1979, Associate Chief Justice Rossiter practiced with Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales in Charlottetown until he was appointed to the Tax Court in 2006. He was appointed Queen's Counsel in 1991.