Monday, July 11, 2011

Claire L'Heureux-Dubé

Justice on the Supreme Court of Canada

Born in Québec City.

Second woman appointed to the position of Justice on the Supreme Court in Canada from 1987-2002.

First woman from Quebec appointed to this position.

Graduated from the law faculty of Université Laval in Quebec.

Appointed as a judge to the Quebec Superior Court in 1973.

Was made a Companion of the Order of Canada in 2003

Was made a Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec in 2004.

Remembered as one of the most prolific dissenters of the Court. Her judicial view was atypical for her time and often clashed with the majority of the Court.

Among her more controversial decisions we find Canada (Attorney General) v. Mossop, [1993] 1 SCR 554 where she alone acknowledged that the meaning of family is not fixed and should be read purposively to adapt to the changing times and it should include same-sex couples.'Heureux-Dubé

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