Famous Canadian Lawyers

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 1 
Jagmeet Singh
(Canadian Politician and Leader of the New Democratic Party)

Jagmeet Singh
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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
(19th Prime Minister of Canada (June 1993 - November 1993))

Kim Campbell
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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 
Robin Sharma
(Writer, Public Speaker)

Robin Sharma
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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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 4 
John Turner
(17th Prime Minister of Canada (June 1984 - September 1984))

John Turner
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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.

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

 6 
Erin O'Toole
(Politician)

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

 7 
Wilfrid Laurier
(7th Prime Minister of Canada (1896 -1911))

Wilfrid Laurier
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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.

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 8 
David Shore
(Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Writer, Lawyer)

David Shore
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Birthdate: July 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London

 9 
David Johnston
(Diplomat, Academic, University teacher, Lawyer)

David Johnston
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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. 

 10 
Sergio Marchionne
(Businessperson)

Sergio Marchionne
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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.

 11 
Maxime Bernier
(Politician)

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

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Deborah Coyne
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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.

 13 
John Tory
(Mayor of Toronto (Since 2014))

John Tory
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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. 

 14 
Bob Rae
(25th Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations)

Bob Rae
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Birthdate: August 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

 15 
John Abbott
(Politician, Lawyer)

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

 16 
Robert Borden
(Politician)

Robert Borden
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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 
Guy Gavriel Kay
(Lawyer, Writer)

Guy Gavriel Kay
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Birthdate: November 7, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Weyburn

 18 
Jean Charest
(Politician, Lawyer)

Jean Charest
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Birthdate: June 24, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sherbrooke

 19 
Dick Pound
(Lawyer, First president of the World Anti-Doping Agency and vice-president of the International Olympic Committee)

Dick Pound
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Birthdate: March 22, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St. Catharines, Canada

 20 
Maurice Duplessis
(Politician)

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

 21 
R. B. Bennett
(Politician, Lawyer, Diplomat)

R. B. Bennett
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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.  

 22 
Jim Prentice
(Lawyer, Politician)

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

 23 
Lucien Bouchard
(Politician)

Lucien Bouchard
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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.

 24 
Erik Nielsen
(3rd Deputy Prime Minister of Canada)

Erik Nielsen
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Birthdate: February 24, 1924
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Regina, Canada
Died: September 4, 2008

 25 
Ralph Goodale
(Lawyer, Politician)

Ralph Goodale
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Birthdate: October 5, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Regina

 26 
Daryl Katz
(Lawyer)

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

 27 
Dalton McGuinty
(Politician, Lawyer)

Dalton McGuinty
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Birthdate: July 19, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ottawa

 28 
Louis St. Laurent
(Politician, Lawyer, Diplomat)

Louis St. Laurent
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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.

 29 
Mary Ann Shadd
(Activist)

Mary Ann Shadd
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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.

 30 
Beverley McLachlin
(17th Chief Justice of Canada)

Beverley McLachlin
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Birthdate: September 7, 1943
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pincher Creek, Canada

 31 
Arthur Meighen
(Politician, Lawyer, Diplomat)

Arthur Meighen
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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.

 32 
Caroline Mulroney
(Businesswoman, lawyer and politician)

Caroline Mulroney
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Birthdate: June 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

 33 
Pierre Laporte
(Politician, Lawyer, Journalist)

Pierre Laporte
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Birthdate: February 25, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montreal
Died: October 17, 1970

 34 
Robert Bourassa
(Politician, Lawyer, Non-fiction writer, Economist)

Robert Bourassa
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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.

 35 
Dominic LeBlanc
(Lawyer, Politician)

Dominic LeBlanc
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Birthdate: December 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ottawa

 36 
John Sparrow David Thompson
(4th Prime Minister of Canada)

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

 37 
Jim Flaherty
(Lawyer, Politician)

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

 38 
Ted Rogers
(Businessman)

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

 39 
Gurratan Singh
(Politician, Lawyer)

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

 40 
Louise Arbour
(Judge, Lawyer, Diplomat, University teacher)

Louise Arbour
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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 
Ujjal Dosanjh
(Politician, Lawyer)

Ujjal Dosanjh
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Birthdate: September 9, 1947
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jalandhar

 42 
Peter Lougheed
(Politician, Lawyer)

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

 43 
Ray Hnatyshyn
(Politician)

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

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

 45 
Alan Eagleson
(Lawyer, Politician, Trade unionist)

Alan Eagleson
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Birthdate: April 24, 1933
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: St. Catharines

 46 
Brian Jean
(Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for Fort McMurray-Lac La Biche)

Brian Jean
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Birthdate: February 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kelowna, Canada

 47 
Frank McKenna
(Politician, Lawyer, Banker, Diplomat)

Frank McKenna
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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.

 48 
Roman Baber
(Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic Nationality: Canadian)

Roman Baber
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Birthdate: 1980 AD
Birthplace: Russian

 49 
Robert Stanfield
(Politician)

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

 50 
Irwin Cotler
(Lawyer, Politician, Human rights activist, University teacher)

Irwin Cotler
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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.