CBC Radio Doc Tells Story behind Gerald Le Dain’s Resignation from SCC

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Canadian Lawyer Magazine


When Gerald Le Dain was appointed to the bench of the Supreme Court of Canada in 1984, he had a distinguished background as a jurist and academic.

Called to the Quebec Bar in 1949, Le Dain went on to teach law at his alma mater, McGill University, practise as a lawyer, become dean of Osgoode Hall Law School in 1967, and, perhaps most notably, chair the Commission of Inquiry into the Non-Medical Use of Drugs from 1969 to 1973, which recommended that cannabis be removed from the narcotic control act and be regulated provincially. In 1975 he was appointed to the Federal Court of Appeal and the Court Martial Appeal Court.


Article is written by Elizabeth Raymer and mentions the late Gerald LeDain, former Osgoode Dean & Supreme Court of Canada Justice, as well as Professor Emeritus Harry Arthurs.