Former Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada Peter Cory has been appointed to the position of Communications Security Establishment Commissioner, effective 14 December 2009. (Official news release here
Cory will replace former judge Charles Gonthier
, who died on 17 July while still serving as CSE Commissioner. The appointment will thus bring to a close a nearly five-month period during which there has been no CSE Commissioner.
Cory served in the RCAF during the Second World War. He is past chairman of the Ontario Civil Liberties Section of the Canadian Bar Association and past National Director of the Canadian Bar Association. He served on the Supreme Court from 1989 to 1999. Following his retirement, he served as head of an independent inquiry—the Cory Collusion Inquiry
—into possible security force collusion in murders during the "Troubles" in Northern Ireland.