Minister Wilson-Raybould Issues Statement on the retirement of Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada

Statements
From Department of Justice Canada

OTTAWA, June 12, 2017 /CNW/ - The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, informed me this morning of her intention to retire from the Supreme Court, effective December 15, 2017.

It is with tremendous regret and yet profound gratitude that I and all Canadians see her depart from a role she has come to embody and, indeed, define. The daughter of German farmers in Pincher Creek, Alberta, Canada's first female Chief Justice and our Country's longest serving one, she inspired me and countless other people in our beautiful country to be their best selves and live their best lives. From her earliest days in a legal profession overwhelmingly dominated by men, Chief Justice McLachlin has blazed trails at every step of her career, including for the past 17-and-a-half years as Chief Justice.

Chief Justice McLachlin has been an outstanding leader – of the Supreme Court itself, of the Canadian judiciary, and of the legal system as a whole. She has guided the development of the law and the Constitution, but never lost sight of the need for the law to remain relevant to the people it is intended to serve. She has been a tireless champion of Canadians' right to a fair, accessible and efficient system of justice that responds to their needs and aspirations, and to our evolution as a nation and its reconciliation with Canada's indigenous community. Her place in Canada's legal history is secure.

It is with deepest gratitude that I congratulate Chief Justice McLachlin on her well-deserved retirement. 

 

SOURCE Justice Canada, Department of

For further information: Media may contact: Kathleen Davis, Communications and Parliamentary Affairs Advisor, Office of the Minister of Justice, 613-992-4621; Media Relations, Department of Justice Canada, 613-957-4207, media@justice.gc.ca

RELATED LINKS
http://canada.justice.gc.ca/en/

Organization Profile

Justice Canada, Department of

More on this organization


Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

CNW Membership

Fill out a CNW membership form or contact us at 1 (877) 269-7890

Learn about CNW services

Request more information about CNW products and services or call us at 1 (877) 269-7890