Big Thinking at Congress
The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin, P.C., Chief Justice of Canada
The rule of law in a multicultural society
May 30, 2016 at the University of Calgary
Canada is a country grounded on the rule of law – a principle fundamental to democracy, liberty, peace and progress. But the rule of law means different things to different people, and maintaining it in a diverse, multicultural society like ours requires special vigilance. The lecture addressed some challenges in preserving the rule of law in a multicultural society.
The Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin was appointed Chief Justice of Canada in 2000, the first woman in Canada to hold this position. Her previous judicial positions include appointments to the Vancouver County Court, the Supreme Court of British Columbia, and the British Columbia Court of Appeal. In 1985, she was appointed as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia, and in 1989 she was sworn in as a Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. Chief Justice McLachlin chairs the Canadian Judicial Council, the Advisory Council of the Order of Canada and the Board of Governors of the National Judicial Institute.
This lecture took place in English with simultaneous interpretation in French.