As Beverley McLachlin is set to become the longest serving Chief Justice in the history of Canada's Supreme Court, an interview in today's Globe and Mail reveals why we should applaud her announcement that she has no intention of retiring before the mandatory age of 75 (she is 66).
Among other things, it ensures a woman remains at the helm as Prime Minister Stephen Harper attempts to roll back gender parity on the country's highest bench. And, as McLachlin reveals in her carefully chosen words about the Tories' Bill C-54, which proposes to rewrite the Criminal Code regarding the rights of the accused with mental illnesses, her judicious presence on that bench is a welcome check against our government's increasing ideological imbalance.
Congratulations Beverley. We look forward to the next nine years.