Decision on Nadon's salary up to MacKay, says Supreme Court registrar
OTTAWA - The Supreme Court registrar says it's up to the federal justice minister to decide if Marc Nadon should repay any monies he collected during his ill-fated appointment to the high court.
The elevation of Nadon from the Federal Court of Appeal was ruled invalid in March on the grounds it violated Quebec-specific provisions of the Supreme Court Act.
Registrar Roger Bilodeau says that between Oct. 3, 2013, and March 21, 2014, Nadon received the salary and allowances of a Supreme Court judge, in accordance with the Judges Act.
A Supreme Court judge earns almost $60,000 more a year than a Federal Court of Appeal judge, making the difference in Nadon's salary for the period more than $25,000.
Bilodeau, who works independently of the court, says he reviewed the facts and statutory framework and concluded he was not in a position to determine whether there had been an overpayment to Nadon.
He says any decision rests with Justice Minister Peter MacKay.
MacKay's office had no immediate comment.
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