Upon his appointment as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, the Right Honourable Richard Wagner gave himself a mission: improve communication with the people of Canada. The Chief Justice stands firm in his belief that Canada’s justice system is among the very best in the world. But as sources of information and misinformation multiply, our system’s representatives must, now more than ever, strive to make sure that the right information is accessible to everyone.
In this video, the Chief Justice sits down with Dean Marie-Eve Sylvestre to describe his vision for the Court. The best way to maintain the credibility of our justice system, he explains, is for the Court to open itself up to Canadians – to shed light upon its judges, the way they work, and what goes into the decisions they reach. Both Canadians and the Court itself stand to gain immensely from this spirit of openness. But Justice Wagner also cautions that Canada cannot rest on its laurels. As other countries look to our example, so too must Canada seek new perspectives to identify where we can improve and where we can find new ways of thinking. A vision like this requires a great deal of effort, but, as the Chief Justice explains, its benefits are innumerable.