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Federal justice minister won’t make Marc Nadon repay Supreme Court salary

Justice Marc Nadon arrives to appear before a parliamentary committee on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, October 2, 2013, regarding his nomination of Supreme Court of Canada Justice. The Supreme Court registrar says it's up to the federal justice minister to decide if Nadon should repay any monies he collected during his ill-fated appointment to the high court.

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The justice minister's office says the government won't make Marc Nadon 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.

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A Supreme Court judge currently earns almost $60,000 more a year than a Federal Court of Appeal judge, making the approximate 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.

However, Mary Ann Dewey-Plante, said Wednesday the government "won't be retroactively changing Judge Nadon's pay."

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