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Beverley McLachlin

The Legacy of a Supreme Court Chief Justice

By Ian Greene and Peter McCormick

This book will be available 16th September 2019. We welcome you to place a pre-order.
$29.95 Hardback
This book will be available 3rd September 2019. We welcome you to place a pre-order.
$16.95 Ebook
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As a judge, Beverley McLachlin has had an unequalled impact on Canadian life. She stands out for her unique ability to stand up for the values and beliefs that reflect the best of Canada and Canadians.

As chief justice, she led the way to assisted suicide legislation, far greater recognition of aboriginal rights and title, allowing safe injection sites for drug users and many other changes that have had a dramatic impact on Canadian life. Less well known is her work to modify the way the Supreme Court judges work together to emphasize collegiality and to encourage judges on the court to pay closer attention to real-world information about the issues they are considering.

Her courageous action to defend the independence of the court and her own personal integrity when it was attacked by Stephen Harper — an incident discussed and documented fully in this book — underlines her strength of character and integrity.

This book sketches Beverley McLachlin's experiences growing up in rural Alberta, attending university, becoming a lawyer and then a judge. At a time when governments were seeking qualified women for senior positions in Canada's courts, she was selected by politicians, both Liberal and Conservative, to fill progressively higher positions. Ian Greene and Peter McCormick focus on her time on the Supreme Court offering readers a balanced, informed perspective on the role she defined for herself, remarkable for her prodigious work and the clarity of her decisions. Their background as leading Canadian writers on the role of the judiciary in Canada allows them to offer an independent and readable appreciation of her contributions to Canadian life.

Ian Green and Peter McCormick have given us a first in writing about the Supreme Court of Canada: an inquiry into the difference a chief justice can make in the way the court functions and serves the country. Beverly McLachlin: The Legacy of a Chief Justice is written in a style that makes it accessible to all Canadians interested in the workings of their governing institutions..

- Peter H. Russell, Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Toronto

Greene and McCormick's masterful biography brims with insight into McLachlin's unparalleled career as a jurist and leader of the Supreme Court of Canada. Beverley McLachlin: The Legacy of a Supreme Court Chief Justice will appeal to a wide readership, including academics and lawyers, and those who admire and respect this remarkable, pathbreaking woman.

- Jamie Cameron, Professor, Osgoode Hall Law School

An insightful and engaging look at a Supreme Court judge who helped change Canada. Anyone interested in the life and judicial career of Beverly McLachlin should start here.

- Sean Fine, Justice Writer, Globe and Mail

IAN GREENE is a University Professor Emeritus at York University, where he has taught public policy and administration since 1985. He was the founding director of York's Masters program in Public Policy, Administration and Law. Greene's most recent book is Honest Politics Now (with David P. Shugarman). He is also the author of The Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.

PETER McCORMICK has taught at Lakehead University, the University of British Columbia, and the University of Lethbridge. He retired in 2015. He is the author of Supreme at Last. He lives in Lethbridge, Alberta.

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Publication Details:

Binding: Hardback, 232 pages
Publication Date: 16th September 2019
ISBN: 9781459414402
Format: 9in x 6in

Binding: Electronic book text, 232 pages
Publication Date: 3rd September 2019
ISBN: 9781459414419
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  BIO022000, LAW111000, POL056000
Imprint: Lorimer


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