Catherine Clark spoke to Justice Thomas Cromwell about life on Canada’s top court.
Justice Thomas Cromwell was born and raised in Kingston, Ontario. His father Ed, owned Cromwell’s Appliances on Brock Street, a city landmark until he retired in 1985. Ed was also a musician, playing drums for the Limestone City Jazz Band, and Thomas shared in his passion for music by the time he turned 19, he was choir master and music director at St. Margaret’s United Church. Thomas earned a Bachelor of Music at Queen’s but by the time he graduated he felt that he didn’t have what he needed to pursue a career in a highly competitive field, so he switched to law. Cromwell graduated from Queen’s with a law degree and was called to the bar in 1979. He practiced for a number of years before being accepted at Dalhousie’s Faculty of Law where he taught Procedure and Evidence. In 1992, Cromwell took a position as Executive Legal Officer to Chief Justice Antonio Lamer at the Supreme Court and stayed there for three years before returning to teach. In 1997, he was appointed to the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal by Jean Chrétien and in 2008, Stephen Harper named him to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Born into political life in Ottawa, Catherine Clark is no stranger to being in the public eye. As founding host of CPAC’s popular weekly television show Beyond Politics, Catherine interviews Members of Parliament, Premiers and people of influence to reveal the personal, human side of public life. Catherine is also a sought-after public speaker and emcee, and writes the “Giving Back” column for Ottawa at Home Magazine, profiling people who are improving the lives of their fellow citizens.