Justice Bastarache officially retired earlier this week.
According to the accompanying press release, Bastarache has "an over-all strong record of defending individual freedom, economic liberty, and equality before the law. As between those three topics, his record was strongest on cases involving economic freedom (eg. upholding contracts) and equality rights, but weaker in respect of the individual freedoms set out in Section 2 of the Charter: freedom of expression, association, religion and conscience."
The study looked at 37 Supreme Court of Canada cases from September 30, 1997 to April 30, 2008.
It will be interesting to see what a more left-leaning group will say about Justice Bastarache.
[Source: University of Alberta Faculty of Law blog ]