Les décisions de la juge McLachlin à la Cour suprême du Canada
With the use of statistics, this article reflects on and asks questions about how to best understand the opinions taken by Beverley McLachlin C.J. in the body of judgments rendered by the Supreme Court of Canada between 1982 and 2008. We pay particular attention to the voting patterns of the judges. There are parallels that can been seen in the judgments rendered under the last three chief justices. Of the three, McLachlin is the judge most frequently in dissent, while at the same time, her Court has produced a higher level of unanimity than her two predecessors. At base, this study focuses on certain indicators that are suggestive and yet limited by their nature, and sets out the groundwork for more detailed qualitative study.
Marie-Claire Belleau is a professor at the Faculty of Law, Université Laval.
Anik Lamontagne is an LLL student at the Faculty of Law, Université Laval.
Rebecca Johnson is a professor at the Faculty of Law, University of Victoria.