Gerald Le Dain
|Gerald Eric Le Dain|
|Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada|
May 29, 1984 – November 30, 1988
|Nominated by||Pierre Trudeau|
|Preceded by||Brian Dickson|
|Succeeded by||Charles Gonthier/Peter Cory|
November 27, 1924|
|Died||December 18, 2007
Born in Montreal, Quebec, the son of Eric George Bryant Le Dain and Antoinette Louise Whithard, he served during World War II as an artilleryman. He received a B.C.L from McGill University and was called to the Quebec Bar in 1949. Gerald Le Dain practised law with Walker, Martineau, Chauvin, Walker & Allison from 1950 to 1953. He received a doctorate from the University of Lyon in 1950. He taught law at McGill University from 1953 to 1959 and again from 1966 to 1967. He also worked in the Legal Department for the Canadian International Paper Co. (1959-1961). He became Partner of Riel, Le Dain, Bissonnette Vermette & Ryan from 1961 to 1966.
He was dean of Osgoode Hall Law School from 1967 to 1972. From 1969 to 1973, he was the chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into the Non-Medical Use of Drugs (also known as the Le Dain Commission), where he ruled 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.
In 1989, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada.
- Official Biography from the Supreme Court of Canada
- Former Supreme Court justice Le Dain dies at 83 - Obituary from Canadian Press
- From Library and Archives Canada description