Premier Stephen McNeil extended his condolences to the family and friends of retired Nova Scotia Chief Justice Constance Glube, who passed away today, Feb. 15. Chief Justice Glube was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia in 1982, the first woman to be appointed Chief Justice of a Canadian Court. In 1998, she was appointed Chief Justice of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal. She retired in December 2004 after 48 years in the legal profession, 21 years as a lawyer and 27 years as a judge. “Constance Glube’s contributions to the law and to our province are profound,” said Premier McNeil. “She maintained a lifelong commitment to gender, ethnic and religious equality and opportunity.” Throughout her life, she received many honours, including the Order of Canada and Order of Nova Scotia. Chief Justice Glube was also one of the first recipients of the Frances Fish Women Lawyers Achievement Award in 1997, which is presented to women who have achieved professional excellence and demonstrate a commitment to women’s equality in the legal profession. In 2009, the Nova Scotia branch of the Canadian Bar Association established the CBA Spirit Award in her name. “To her entire family, on behalf of government, I offer my deepest condolences,” said Mr. McNeil.