Robert Taschereau, c.1915
|11th Chief Justice of Canada|
April 22, 1963 – September 1, 1967
|Nominated by||John Diefenbaker|
|Preceded by||Patrick Kerwin|
|Succeeded by||John Robert Cartwright|
|Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada|
February 9, 1940 – April 22, 1963
|Nominated by||William Lyon Mackenzie King|
|Preceded by||Lawrence Cannon|
|Succeeded by||Wishart Spence|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Bellechasse|
|Preceded by||Antonin Galipeault|
|Succeeded by||Émile Boiteau|
|Born||September 10, 1896|
Quebec City, Quebec
|Died||July 26, 1970 (aged 73)|
|Spouse(s)||Ellen Donohue (m. 1926) (1903-1977)|
|Alma mater||Université Laval, Faculté de droit|
Robert Taschereau, PC CC (September 10, 1896 – July 26, 1970) was a lawyer who became the 11th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and who briefly served as acting Governor General of Canada following the death of Georges Vanier in 1967.
Supreme Court Judge
On February 9, 1940, he was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada, filling the vacancy created by the death of his former law partner, Lawrence Cannon.
Taschereau was promoted to Chief Justice in 1963.
According to the Canadian rules of succession, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is second-in-line to the Governor Generalship, and serves in an interim capacity until a new one can be recommended by the Prime Minister and chosen by the Queen.
Retirement and honours
Taschereau remained on the Supreme Court until retiring in 1967.
In 1967 he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada.
His father, Louis-Alexandre Taschereau, had been Premier of Quebec and his grandfather, Jean-Thomas Taschereau, also served on the Supreme Court of Canada as a puisne justice. Robert was more distantly related to Sir Henri Elzéar Taschereau, who replaced Jean-Thomas on the Supreme Court and went on to serve as Chief Justice of Canada.
- Order of Canada Citation
- Supreme Court of Canada biography
- "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
| acting Governor General of Canada or administrator