People are mourning the loss of a major icon. After the passing of U.S. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, two of Canada's major political leaders paid a touching tribute to her on social media. Justin Trudeau and Jagmeet Singh both praised her for advocating and fighting for women and equality throughout her career.

On September 18, Ginsburg died at the age of 87 because of complications with cancer which she had been diagnosed with multiple times before.

She was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court all the way back in 1993 and had been the most senior member of its liberal wing in recent years.

When her death was announced, the prime minister shared a touching message on Twitter about her passing.

"Ruth Bader Ginsburg's impact will undoubtedly be felt for generations," he said.

Trudeau also applauded her for her "profound and fearless" advocacy for women, equality and justice.

During her time as a justice, she progressively voted on things like abortion rights, health care, same-sex marriage and voting rights.

Even before then, she led the fight for gender equality through the court system.

"My thoughts are with her family, colleagues, and all who were inspired by her lifetime of service," Trudeau said.

Canada's NDP leader also took to Twitter to mourn Ginsburg.

"Thanks for leading the fight and bringing so many along on the journey to champion women's rights, LGBTQ rights, voting rights, immigration, health care, and so much more," Singh said.

He also wished for her to rest in power.

As Ginsburg was Jewish, "may her memory be a blessing" is what you'd say after her death instead of "rest in peace."

According to NPR, a few days before her death Ginsburg told her granddaughter that she wished she wouldn't be replaced in the court until a new president is elected.

In the U.S., potential nominees are often recommended by people within the president's political party and then chosen by the president. Each justice serves a life term.

Depending on which party the president represents, that could change the balance of the court to be more liberal or more conservative.

In Canada, the Supreme Court has judges appointed by the Governor General who acts on the advice of cabinet.

Three of the nine judges are required to be from Quebec. Typically, three are chosen from Ontario, two from western or northern Canada and one from the Atlantic provinces.

They serve until they're 75 years old, retire or are removed for misconduct.

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