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the foreign delegation could be accommodated. After checking with the
manager, the maître d’ confirmed the reservation and that everyone was
looking forward to meeting her. When they arrived at the restaurant, Bev
gave her name. The maître d’ took one look at Bev and said: “You’re not
While Bev always worked long hours, she knew the importance of life
beyond the courthouse. Bev is a devoted mother to son Angus and wife to
husband Frank—a gracious hostess, and music aficionada who plays the
piano and adores opera. She loves animals, especially her current black Lab,
D’Arcy. Bev and Frank cherish time away at their country home in the
Gatineau Hills. Bev is also a gourmet cook. In her non-judicial time, she
authored a cookbook called Keepers and in her judicial time she created a
new tort in Canada: the tort of breach of constitutional rights.
Bev has been able to transition seamlessly from Chief Justice to novelist.
She is the author of a murder mystery entitled Full Disclosure set in, where
else, Vancouver, starring Jilly Truitt, a young defence attorney. Be clear—
the novel did not interfere with her work as Chief. She would awake at
about 4 a.m., listen to classical music and work on her novel see David
Roberts, Q.C.’s book review in the July issue: (2018) 76 Advocate 599. – Ed..
Then, she would take D’Arcy for a walk before heading to work about 7 a.m.
On learning that Bev had written a novel, good friend and colleague on the
court, Alberta’s own Jack Major, said this in his usual cryptic manner: “I was
surprised. I never thought Bev had much imagination.” And then he added:
“This might be another level of her competence.” Well, Bev has certainly had
the last laugh on Jack, since she recently sold the movie rights to her book,
before it was even released. And not only that, Bev now sits on the Court of
Final Appeals in Hong Kong and on the Singapore Commercial Court.
Although Bev’s days as a judge in this country have ended, the legacy of
the Right Honourable Beverley McLachlin will endure. The motto on her
coat of arms—a gift from the former Governor General of Canada, the Right
Honourable David Johnson—says it all. It reads “Wisdom. Compassion. Justice.”
When courage was called for, our Chief stayed the course. She stood
up for what she believed in, remained loyal to the values which have guided
her throughout her life and kept the flame burning brightly for justice for
all. Bev has said that being Chief Justice of Canada will always be the centrepiece
of her life. For those of us privileged to be a part of Generation
McLachlin, she will always be an important part of ours.
On her appointment as Chief Justice of Canada in 2000, the Chief made
a wish. In her own words: “It was a simple wish: that I leave the court as
strong as I found it. I must confess, however, to one hope. When people look