Douglas Charles Abbott, (May 29, 1899 – March 15, 1987) was a PC Canadian Member of Parliament, federal Cabinet Minister, and justice of the Supreme Court of Canada.
Early life [ edit ]
Abbott was born in
Lennoxville, Quebec. He attended Bishop's University, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts. He then attended McGill Law School, but interrupted his studies to sign up for service overseas, in 1916. Returning from the Great War, he completed his legal studies, earning his Bachelor of Civil Law. He then went to France to attend the Université de Dijon. Returning to Canada, he was called to the Barreau du Québec in 1921 and practised law in Montreal with the firm of Fleet, Phelan, Fleet & Le Mesurier.
Political career [ edit ]
Abbott successfully stood for election to the House of Commons in 1940, and remained a member of the House for fourteen years. A member of the
Liberal Party of Canada, Abbott served as both Minister of National Defence and Minister of Finance.
Supreme Court justice [ edit ]
He was appointed to the
Supreme Court of Canada on July 1, 1954 and served as Puisne Justice until December 23, 1973.
As of 2015, Abbott was the last Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada appointed directly to the Court from the
Cabinet of Canada, and the last Justice to have held elected office prior to his appointment.
Parliamentary seats [ edit ]
House of Commons [ edit ]
16 May 1940 – 16 April 1945:
St. Antoine—Westmount, Quebec 6 September 1945 – 30 April 1949: St. Antoine—Westmount, Quebec
15 September 1949 – 13 June 1953: St. Antoine—Westmount, Quebec
12 November 1953 – 30 June 1954:
Parliamentary functions [ edit ]
Ministry [ edit ]
Parliamentary Secretary [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]