Richard Wagner (judge)

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The Honourable
Richard Wagner
Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada
Assumed office
October 5, 2012
Nominated by Stephen Harper
Preceded by Marie Deschamps
Puisne Justice of the Quebec Court of Appeal
In office
February 3, 2011 – October 5, 2012
Nominated by Stephen Harper
Preceded by Lise Côté
Personal details
Born Richard Wagner
(1957-04-02) April 2, 1957 (age 59)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Religion Roman Catholic[1]

Richard R. Wagner (born April 2, 1957) is a Canadian judge sitting in the Supreme Court of Canada as one of the eight Puisne Justices. He previously sat on the Quebec Court of Appeal.[2] He is the son of former Progressive Conservative MP and Senator Claude Wagner.

Early life[edit]

Wagner was born in Montreal, the son of Gisèle (née Normandeau) and Claude Wagner.[3] He studied at the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf in Montreal before receiving his Bachelor of Social Sciences in Political Science from the University of Ottawa in 1978. He received his LL.L from the same institution in 1979.[2]


Wagner was called to the Quebec Bar in 1980, and began practice at the Montreal law firm Lavery, de Billy (formerly Lavery, O'Brien and Lavery, Johnston, Clark, Carrière, Mason & Associés). His practice centred on real estate, commercial litigation and professional liability insurance.[2]

He was appointed to the Quebec Superior Court for the District of Montreal on September 24, 2004. On February 3, 2011, he was elevated to the Court of Appeal of Quebec.

On October 2, 2012, Prime Minister Stephen Harper nominated him to the Supreme Court of Canada to replace retiring Justice Marie Deschamps.[4] His appointment was confirmed on October 5, 2012.[5]

On December 3, a ceremony was held for Justice Wagner's appointment, in the Supreme Court of Canada courtroom. The event was attended by Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin, Justice Minister Rob Nicholson and Quebec Deputy Minister of Justice Nathalie G. Drouin. Each justice spoke with justice Wagner speaking last.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Canadian Who's Who (2011). Retrieved 3 October 2012.
  2. ^ a b c Quebec Court of Appeal. The Honourable Richard Wagner. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
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  4. ^ CBC News (2 October 2012). "Quebec judge Richard Wagner nominated to Supreme Court". Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  5. ^ The Canadian Press. "CBC News - MP questions 'introduce' Supreme Court nominee Wagner Montreal judge is Conservative government's 5th appointment". CBC News. CBC News. Retrieved October 5, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Supreme Court welcomes Justice Wagner to bench". 2012-12-03. Retrieved 2012-12-03.