Famous Canadian Lawyers & Judges

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 1 Jagmeet Singh

Jagmeet Singh
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 2, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Scarborough, Toronto, Canada

Jagmeet Singh is a Canadian politician and lawyer. Since 2017, Singh has been serving as the leader of the popular Canadian political party, New Democratic Party. Jagmeet Singh serves as an inspiration to other Canadian politicians of Indian origin as he is the first member from a visible minority group to lead a prominent federal political party in Canada.

 2 Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell
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Famous As: Politician, Diplomat
Birthdate: March 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada

Canadian politician and Progressive Conservative leader Kim Campbell made headlines when she became the first woman to serve as the prime minister of Canada and remains the only woman to have achieved the feat. After quitting her doctoral studies, she studied law and joined the British Columbia Bar.

 3 Jean Chrétien

Jean Chrétien
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Famous As: 20th Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: January 11, 1934
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shawinigan, Quebec, Canada
Jean Chrétien was the Canadian prime minister from 1993 to 2003. He has previously served in cabinet posts such as the minister of justice and the minister of finance. He has led the Liberal Party of Canada and helped in the passage of the Clarity Act.

 4 Jennifer Mulhern Granholm

Jennifer Mulhern Granholm
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 5, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada

Jennifer Mulhern Granholm is a politician, lawyer, educator, and author. She is currently serving as the 16th United States Secretary of Energy, in office since February 2021. Previously, she was the 47th governor of Michigan, the first woman to serve in this position. She was made a Commander of the Royal Order of the Polar Star in 2010. 

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 5 Robin Sharma

Robin Sharma
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Famous As: Writer, Public Speaker
Birthdate: June 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Port Hawkesbury

Canadian writer Robin Sharma is best known for his The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari book series. A qualified lawyer, he is an alumnus of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. He has published several books on stress management and spirituality. He is the founder of the training company Sharma Leadership International.

 6 Sergio Marchionne

Sergio Marchionne
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: June 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chieti, Abruzzo, Italy
Died: July 25, 2018
Italian-Canadian businessman Sergio Marchionne turned around the fortune of Fiat as its CEO. A qualified lawyer, he initially worked as a tax consultant. Throughout his illustrious career, he had led companies such as Lawson Mardon, Algroup, and Chrysler Group. He was mostly found in his trademark black sweater.

 7 David Frum

David Frum
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: June 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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 8 Erin O'Toole

Erin O'Toole
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

 9 Garry Hoy

Garry Hoy
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Birthdate: 1955 AD
Died: July 9, 1993

 10 John Tory

John Tory
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Famous As: Mayor of Toronto
Birthdate: May 28, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto

John Tory is a Canadian politician who is serving as the current mayor of Toronto. Before establishing himself as a politician, Tory was a businessman, lawyer, and political strategist. John Tory has several honors under his belt, including the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2011, he was honored with a Harry Jerome Award. 

 11 David Johnston

David Johnston
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Famous As: Diplomat, Academic, University teacher, Lawyer
Birthdate: June 28, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Greater Sudbury

David Johnston is a Canadian academic, author, and politician. He served as the governor-general of Canada from 2010 to 2017. He attended Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and Queen's University and pursued an academic career. Alongside his academic career, he also involved himself with politics and public service. He is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. 

 12 Elizabeth May

Elizabeth May
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Famous As: Writer, Politician, Journalist, Lawyer
Birthdate: June 9, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hartford

 13 David Shore

David Shore
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Writer, Lawyer
Birthdate: July 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London

 14 Maxime Bernier

Maxime Bernier
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: St-Georges-de-Beauce, Quebec, Canada

 15 Deborah Coyne

Deborah Coyne
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: February 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Canada

Canadian constitutional-lawyer, professor, and author Deborah Coyne, niece of second Governor of Bank of Canada James Elliott Coyne, worked for some time in Prime Minister's Office of John Turner. Her professional endeavours also include working for Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada. Her first child, daughter Sarah Elisabeth Coyne, was born through her relationship with former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau.

 16 Robert Borden

Robert Borden
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 26, 1854
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Grand Pré, Canada
Died: June 10, 1937

Robert Borden was a Canadian lawyer and politician. He served as the eighth prime minister of Canada from 1911 to 1920. World War I started during his tenure, and he received much admiration for his leadership throughout the war. As the prime minister, he introduced women's suffrage for federal elections. 

 17 Bob Rae

Bob Rae
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: August 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ottawa

 18 John Abbott

John Abbott
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: March 12, 1821
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St.-André-Est, Canada
Died: October 30, 1893

 19 Daryl Katz

Daryl Katz
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: May 31, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Edmonton

 20 Louis St. Laurent

Louis St. Laurent
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Diplomat
Birthdate: February 1, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Compton
Died: July 25, 1973

Louis St. Laurent was a Canadian politician who served as the prime minister of Canada from 1948 to 1957. He was a successful lawyer before he entered politics and began his political career as the minister of justice under Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King. He then rose through the ranks to succeed King upon his retirement.

 21 Dick Pound

Dick Pound
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Famous As: Jurist, Lawyer, Squash player, Swimmer, University Chancellor, Writer, Biographer
Birthdate: March 22, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St. Catharines

 22 Guy Gavriel Kay

Guy Gavriel Kay
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Famous As: Lawyer, Writer
Birthdate: November 7, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Weyburn

 23 Maurice Duplessis

Maurice Duplessis
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 20, 1890
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trois-Rivières, Canada
Died: September 7, 1959

 24 Erik Nielsen

Erik Nielsen
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Famous As: Lawyer, Politician
Birthdate: February 24, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Regina
Died: September 4, 2008

 25 R. B. Bennett

R. B. Bennett
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Diplomat
Birthdate: July 3, 1870
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hopewell Hill, New Brunswick
Died: June 26, 1947

R. B. Bennett was the 11th prime minister of Canada and was in the office from 1930 to 1935. A lawyer by profession, he established a successful law firm before venturing into politics. His tenure as the prime minister was marked primarily by the Great Depression. He tried to combat the crisis with laissez-faire policies, albeit unsuccessfully. He was defeated in the 1935 election.  

 26 Ralph Goodale

Ralph Goodale
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Famous As: Lawyer, Politician
Birthdate: October 5, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Regina

 27 Jim Prentice

Jim Prentice
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Famous As: Lawyer, Politician
Birthdate: July 20, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ontario
Died: October 13, 2016

 28 Pierre Laporte

Pierre Laporte
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Journalist
Birthdate: February 25, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montreal
Died: October 17, 1970

 29 Lucien Bouchard

Lucien Bouchard
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: December 22, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint-Cœur-de-Marie, Alma, Canada

Lucien Bouchard is a French Canadian diplomat, lawyer, and retired politician. He is known for his role in the 1995 Quebec referendum, during which he became the leading figure for the Yes side. From 1996 to 2001, he served as the premier of Quebec. Over the years, Bouchard has been honored with many awards including the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.

 30 Dalton McGuinty

Dalton McGuinty
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: July 19, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ottawa

 31 Jean Charest

Jean Charest
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: June 24, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sherbrooke

 32 Mary Ann Shadd

Mary Ann Shadd
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Famous As: Activist
Birthdate: October 9, 1823
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Died: June 5, 1893

The first North American Black woman to publish a newspaper, USA-born Mary Ann Shadd was the founder of the Canadian newspaper, The Provincial Freeman. Concurrently serving as its anonymous editor and contributor, she also became one of the first women to pursue journalism in Canada. She was also one of the first Black women to earn a degree in law.

 33 Arthur Meighen

Arthur Meighen
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Diplomat
Birthdate: June 16, 1874
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ontario
Died: August 5, 1960

Arthur Meighen was a Canadian lawyer turned politician who served as the ninth prime minister of Canada. He held office from July 1920 to December 1921 and from June to September 1926. He was a member of the Conservative Party. He returned to his law practice after retiring from politics. Many schools are named in his honor.

 34 Jim Flaherty

Jim Flaherty
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Famous As: Lawyer, Politician
Birthdate: December 30, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Montreal
Died: April 10, 2014

 35 Beverley McLachlin

Beverley McLachlin
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Famous As: 17th Chief Justice of Canada
Birthdate: September 7, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pincher Creek, Canada

 36 Ujjal Dosanjh

Ujjal Dosanjh
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: September 9, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jalandhar

 37 Alan Eagleson

Alan Eagleson
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Famous As: Lawyer, Politician, Trade unionist
Birthdate: April 24, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St. Catharines

 38 Dominic LeBlanc

Dominic LeBlanc
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Famous As: Lawyer, Politician
Birthdate: December 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ottawa

 39 Robert Bourassa

Robert Bourassa
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Non-fiction writer, Economist
Birthdate: July 14, 1933
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montreal
Died: October 2, 1996

Robert Bourassa made headlines when, in 1970, he became the youngest premier of Quebec. After a crushing defeat 6 years later, following corruption scandals, he moved to Europe and the U.S., where he taught while in exile. In the mid-1980s, he reclaimed the Liberal Party leadership and became a premier again.

 40 John Sparrow David Thompson

John Sparrow David Thompson
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 10, 1845
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Halifax, Canada
Died: December 12, 1894

 41 Louise Arbour

Louise Arbour
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Famous As: Judge, Lawyer, Diplomat, University teacher
Birthdate: February 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montreal

Louise Arbour is a Canadian lawyer, jurist, and prosecutor. She made history when she indicted Slobodan Milošević for war crimes; Milošević became the first sitting head of state to be summoned before an international court. Arbour's attempt to indict Bosnian Serb war criminals inspired a 2005 TV film titled Hunt for Justice, where Louise Arbour was played by Wendy Crewson.

 42 Peter Lougheed

Peter Lougheed
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: July 26, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Calgary
Died: September 13, 2012

 43 Rosalie Abella

Rosalie Abella
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: July 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stuttgart

 44 Louis-Joseph Papineau

Louis-Joseph Papineau
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 7, 1786
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: September 23, 1871

 45 Ray Hnatyshyn

Ray Hnatyshyn
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: March 16, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saskatoon, Canada
Died: December 18, 2002

 46 Brian Jean

Brian Jean
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Famous As: Lawyer, Politician
Birthdate: February 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kelowna

 47 Ted Rogers

Ted Rogers
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: May 27, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: December 2, 2008

 48 Robert Stanfield

Robert Stanfield
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 11, 1914
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Truro, Canada
Died: December 16, 2003

 49 Frank McKenna

Frank McKenna
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer, Banker, Diplomat
Birthdate: January 19, 1948
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Apohaqui, New Brunswick

Frank McKenna is a Canadian businessman who is currently serving as the Toronto-Dominion Bank's Deputy Chairman. A former politician, McKenna served as the premier of New Brunswick between 1987 and 1997. An influential and authoritative leader, McKenna was expected to lead the federal Liberal Party in 2008 after the resignation of Stéphane Dion. However, he didn't contest for the position.

 50 Irwin Cotler

Irwin Cotler
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Famous As: Lawyer, Politician, Human rights activist, University teacher
Birthdate: May 8, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montreal

Apart from teaching law at McGill University, Irwin Cotler has also been a Canadian MP for Mount Royal, the Minister of Justice, and the Attorney General of Canada. He has gained fame as a global human rights lawyer, too, serving as a counsel to prominent political prisoners such as Nelson Mandela.