Alban Garon

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Alban Garon
Tax Court of Canada
In office
September 1988 – November 2004
Personal details
Born(1930-03-04)March 4, 1930
Saint-Lambert-de-Lauzon, Quebec
DiedJune 29, 2007(2007-06-29) (aged 77)
Ottawa, Ontario

Alban Garon (March 4, 1930 – June 29, 2007[1]) served as a judge from 1988-2004 and was Chief Justice of the Tax Court of Canada.[2]

On June 30, 2007, he was found beaten and murdered along with his wife and a neighbour in his Ottawa condominium.[3][4][5][6][7]

Early life[edit]

He was born in Saint-Lambert-de-Lauzon, Quebec and was educated at Laval University and the University of Ottawa.[1]


Garon was called to the Bar of Quebec in 1955 and was named a Queen's Counsel in 1968. He practised law with the Canadian Department of Justice from 1955 until 1986.[1] Garon was a legal professor at the University of Ottawa[8] from 1956 until 1978 and from 1986 until 1992.[1]

In September 1988, Garon was appointed a judge in the Tax Court of Canada, and was made associate chief judge eleven years later. In February 2000, he was named Chief Judge, and was made Chief Justice in July 2003.[2]

Upon Garon's retirement in November 2004, Donald Bowman was named his successor as Chief Justice.[9]


On June 30, 2007, the bodies of Garon, his wife Raymonde and a neighbour Marie-Claire Beniskos were found inside the Garon's 10th floor condominium near the Rideau River. Investigators believed that the victims were murdered on the morning of the day before.[2] The three people had been bound, gagged and beaten.[10]

In the course of their investigation, police found that images from video surveillance cameras for the luxury condominium complex were not being recorded.[11]

On October 31, Ottawa police released a sketch of a man wanted for questioning in connection with the murders. The man had been seen in a building elevator on the morning of the day before the bodies were found.[2]

One year later, police featured the murders on a Crime Stoppers television segment and offered a $100,000 reward for information leading to an arrest.[12]

On February 16, 2015, Ian Bush was named a chief suspect. At the time of the police announcement, Bush was receiving assessment at the Royal Ottawa Hospital after being charged with home invasion, robbery and attempted killing of a 101-year-old war veteran in December 2014. Investigators of the home invasion and attempted murder found DNA evidence linking Bush to the 2007 homicide of the Garons and Beniskos. Bush underwent trial in the spring of 2017 and was found guilty of triple-homicide on May 17, 2017.[13]


  1. ^ a b c d "In Memoriam: The Honourable Alban Garon". University of Ottawa. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
  2. ^ a b c d "Sketch released in Ottawa triple homicide probe - CTV News". Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  3. ^ "Ottawa murders weren't a random act: expert - CTV News". 2007-07-03. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  4. ^ "'We fall asleep thinking this is a nightmare'". 2007-07-03. Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  5. ^ "CBC News - Ottawa - Ottawa police await autopsies on triple-slaying victims". 2007-07-03. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  6. ^ "Police using 'double standard' in murder probes, families say". Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  7. ^ "Slain judge was key player in inquiry that rocked 2002 Hells Angels trial". 2007-07-03. Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  8. ^ "Police offer $100K reward in triple murder case - CTV News". Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  9. ^ "Donald Bowman named Tax Court Chief Justice for Tax Court". 2005-03-11. Archived from the original on 2011-01-28. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  10. ^ "Police have no suspects year after triple slaying". 2008-06-19. Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  11. ^ "No video". 2007-08-09. Archived from the original on 2012-03-14. Retrieved 2010-10-06.
  12. ^ "Garon and Beniskos". Ottawa Police. June 30, 2008. Archived from the original on January 24, 2012. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
  13. ^ "Ian Bush found guilty of 'brutal' 2007 triple murder". CBC News. May 17, 2017. Retrieved 2017-05-17.