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 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. 

 3 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.

 4 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.

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 5 David Frum

David Frum
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: June 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 6 John Turner

John Turner
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Famous As: Prime Minister of Canada (1984)
Birthdate: June 7, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Richmond, Surrey, England
Died: September 19, 2020
John Turner was the Canadian prime minister from June to September, 1984, for only 79 days, which was the second-shortest tenure in the history of Canada. He had been the leader of the Liberal Party, and of the Opposition, and had held important posts, such as the minister of finance.

 7 Garry Hoy

Garry Hoy
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Birthdate: 1955 AD
Died: July 9, 1993
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 8 John Tory

John Tory
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Famous As: Mayor of Toronto (Since 2014)
Birthdate: May 28, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

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. 

 9 Wilfrid Laurier

Wilfrid Laurier
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Famous As: 7th Prime Minister of Canada (1896-1911)
Birthdate: November 20, 1841
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint-Lin-Laurentides, Canada
Died: February 17, 1919

Wilfrid Laurier was a Canadian politician who served as the seventh prime minister of Canada; he was in office from 1896 to 1911. Counted amongst the country's greatest statesmen, he envisioned Canada as a “land of individual liberty and decentralized federalism.” He was placed first on Maclean's historical ranking of Canadian prime ministers in 2011.

 10 Erin O'Toole

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

 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 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

 13 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.

 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 Bob Rae

Bob Rae
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Famous As: 25th Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations
Birthdate: August 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

 16 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.

 17 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. 

 18 Daryl Katz

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

 19 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

 20 Dick Pound

Dick Pound
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Famous As: Lawyer, First president of the World Anti-Doping Agency and vice-president of the International Olympic Committee
Birthdate: March 22, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St. Catharines, Canada

 21 Jean Charest

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

 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 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.  

 25 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

 26 Erik Nielsen

Erik Nielsen
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Famous As: 3rd Deputy Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: February 24, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Regina, Canada
Died: September 4, 2008

 27 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.

 28 Ralph Goodale

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

 29 Dalton McGuinty

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

 30 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.

 31 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.

 32 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.

 33 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

 34 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

 35 Caroline Mulroney

Caroline Mulroney
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Famous As: Businesswoman, lawyer and politician
Birthdate: June 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

 36 Dominic LeBlanc

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

 37 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.

 38 Richard Wagner

Richard Wagner
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Famous As: Judge
Birthdate: April 2, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

 39 John Sparrow David Thompson

John Sparrow David Thompson
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Famous As: 4th Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: November 10, 1845
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Halifax, Canada
Died: December 12, 1894

 40 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.

 41 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

 42 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

 43 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

 44 Gurratan Singh

Gurratan Singh
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Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: May 13, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St. John's, Canada

 45 Ujjal Dosanjh

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

 46 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

 47 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

 48 Brian Jean

Brian Jean
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Famous As: Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche
Birthdate: February 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kelowna, Canada

 49 Rosalie Abella

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

 50 Alan Eagleson

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