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McLachlin’s diplomacy, caring helped defuse tensions, build consensus at SCC: ex-judge LeBel

Thursday, April 12, 2018 @ 3:46 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

Beverley McLachlin’s behind-the-scenes diplomacy in dealing with the inevitable disagreements and rivalries among the Supreme Court of Canada’s competitive and “ambitious” nine members helped the top court achieve a remarkable level of consensus during her 18 years as its leader, says retired Supreme Court Justice Louis LeBel.

Now counsel with Langlois lawyers in Quebec City, the ex-Quebec Court of Appeal judge who joined the top court in January 2000 when McLachlin became of chief justice of Canada, drew back the curtain of secrecy that normally screens...