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||Peter Cory|
November 27, 1924|
|Died||December 18, 2007
|Spouse(s)||Cynthia Le Dain|
|Service/branch||Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery|
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 with the Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery. 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, now known as Dunton Rainville.
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), 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.
- Concordia University Honorary Degree Citation - Gerald Le Dain, June 1976.
- "Honorary Degree Citation - Gerald LeDain* | Concordia University Archives". archives.concordia.ca. Retrieved 2016-04-07.