028,000 B.C., First Residents of Canada

028,000 B.C., First Residents of Canada
Law needs a body of people to promote order. In the case of Canada, those first people took stake tens of thousands of years ago.

1774,The Quebec Act

The Quebec Act, 1774; l'acte de Quebec 1774.THE formal legal CITATION OF THE 1774 Quebec Act is: 14 George III, c. 83 (U.K.) An Act for making more e...

A biography of Canadian lawyer-Poet Frank "F.R. Scott

A biography of Canadian lawyer-Poet Frank "F.R. Scott
Francis ReginaldScott was born in Quebec City " His father was a doctor and F.R. Scott ia described by his biographers an anglophone". Frank Scott ...

A Ranking of Canadian Prime Ministers of All-Time

The definitive non-partisan ranking of Canada's prime-ministers since Confederation (1867).

Canadian Lawyers and Judges, Best and Worst

Canadian Lawyers and Judges, Best and Worst
The very good, the good, the bad and the ugly in this permanent list of the greatest and bad lawyers and likewise, re judges, in the history of Canada.

Casgrain, Therese, Quebec Lawyer, A Biography

Casgrain, Therese, Quebec Lawyer, A Biography
The vital stats on this phenomenal Quebec jurist are that she was born at Montreal, Quebec on July 10, 1896, and passed-away on November 3, 1981. The...

Francis Reginald ("F.R.") Scott, 1899-

Francis ReginaldScott was born in Quebec City " His father was a doctor and F.R. Scott ia described by his biographersERSas an anglophone".Frank Scott...

Hear! Hear! The Best of the Debates of the House of Commons on Video

Hear! Hear! The Best of the Debates of the House of Commons on Video
Quieten Down Baby A Solicitor General's Resignation "I'll Kick His Ass" Said the 137 pound Prime Minister

Maurice Duplessis, a Biography (189-1959)

A succinct what you need to know biography of the controversial former premier of the province of Quebec, Canada, Maurice Duplessis.

`758, A Legislature Takes Root in the Maritimes

Edit content hAn influx of New Englanders urged on Nova Scotians to ask and to establish their own law-making legislature, which gathered for the firs...

1534, Canada claimed for France

A European (French) ship captain drops anchorall near Gaspé, raises a cross and claims itfor the King of France.

1606, Marc Lescarbot, Canada's First Lawyer

1606, Marc Lescarbot, Canada's First Lawyer
Biography of Marc Lescarbot: French lawyer and New World explorer.

1611, The First Laws

Newfoundland's first English governor, John Guy, established the first law, which attempted to regulate the fishing industry and control the deforesta...

1627, the Compagnie des Cent-Associés

An investment opportunity for 100 French aristocrats grounds the jurisdiction of France in North America and in the introduction of French law to the continent.

1647, the First Council

In 1628, King Louis the 13th of France approved a new company called Company of the Hundred Associates. The Company was given the right to settle all ...

1649 - Trial and Execution of Jean Brebeuf

1649 - Trial and Execution of Jean Brebeuf
There wasn't a trial. This was war - Iroquois v Huron War and the former were out to exterminate the latter. One Jesuit missionary got caught by he Iroquois in a Huron pow-wow and was then treated as a P.O.W. though the words "treated" and even "prisoner" hardly do justice to the barbaric and senseless abuse the First Nations subjected Jean Brebeuf to.

1658, Enter British Columbia, A Colony

In August 1858, the British government declared Vancouver Island a colony and appointed Sir James Douglas as its first governor. Matthew Begbie was se...

1670, Charter of the Hudson's Bay Company

EdThe Royal Charter of the Company included law-making powers for the territory then known as "Rupert's Land." The 7,000-word charter was granted to a...

1734, Montreal Hangs a Slave

ETo protest her slavery and pending sale, a black slave burnt down her master's house in Montreal. Unfortunately for Marie-Joseph-Angelique, the fire ...

1759, La oOuvelle France (Quebec) Falls to the English

Inspired by victory at Quebec at the famous Plains of Abraham battle on September 13, 1759, the English promised the captive French inhabitants "mild ...

1763, Quebec Civil Law Kerfuffle

1763, Quebec Civil Law Kerfuffle
What was England thinking when, in 1763, it tried to impose English common law on the proud and recently defeated French population of Quebec?

1764, the Judge's Ear

Judge Thomas Walker was attacked in his home on December 6, 1764 by men disguised with blackened faces. Walker tried to get to his guns but the men su...

1774, the Quebec Act

Edit Ever since the conquest of New France by England, the status of French law in Quebec was uncertain. The Quebec Act clarified matters a great deal...

1791, Canada Says "No" to French Civil Law

As soon as England had separated Quebec into Upper and Lower Canada by the Constitutional Act of 1791, the new legislature of Upper Canada (Ontario) u...

1815, A King's Counsel Nomination Rebuked

Politicians tried to appoint a 23-year old as King Counsel, bringing the practice to ridicule. The man had but a few months of call to the bar.

1835, the People's Choice

In 1835, the popular Halifax Newspaper editor Joseph Howe published a letter critical of local government and faced libel charges. He could not find a...

1837, ebellion Ends At The Gallows But Results In Unification

A short-lived 1837 rebellion in Upper and Lower Canada, against British rule, both ended in failure. Several of the ring-leaders in both Canadas were ...

1850, 11-Year Old Sentenced to Death

1850, 11-Year Old Sentenced to Death
In 1850, a Canadian judge gave the death penalty to an 11-year-old boy convicted of murder.

1858 - British Columbia A Colony

In August 1858, the British government declared Vancouver Island a colony and appointed Sir James Douglas as its first governor. Matthew Begbie was se...

1865, the Colonial Laws Validity Act

A law passed by the British Parliament that said that any law of a British colony that differed with a British law specifically aimed at that colony, ...

1867, A British North America Act

1867, A British North America Act
1867 British North America Act, aka the "BNA", the full text of Canada's genesis constitutional document.

1867, Nova Scotia Separatists

1867, Nova Scotia Separatists
Yes, folks. Quebec has not been the only province to seek separation! How about Nova Scotia?!

1868,The Assassination of Thomas D'Arcy McGee

By 1868 Thomas D'Arcy McGee seemed to have come full circle in his political ways. In the spring of 1857, after a tumultuous career as an Ireland ...

1869, A Supreme Court of Canada: Act I

1869, A Supreme Court of Canada: Act I
The beginning of Canada's Supreme Court.

1870, A Young, fragile Canada Challenged Like Never Before

On March 14, 1870, a full 10 days after the execution of Thomas Scott by Louis Rie's Métis band, a member asked Sir George Cartier the followin...

1871, Washington Treaty

1871, Washington Treaty
Precursor of international law - Canada-USA variety, circa 1871: the great reciprocity debate.

1874, Louis Riel, M.P., Outlaw

1874, Louis Riel, M.P., Outlaw
Louis Riel's flair for the dramatic.

18760, The Trial of Thomas Scott

Arrested by the provisional government of the Red River Colony (Manitoba), Thomas Scott was charged with insubordination. Scott was extremely arrogant...

1877, Litigation Craze

1877, Litigation Craze
In 1877, a litigation craze hit sleepy Ottawa.

1879, Murder of Johnny Ussher

1879, Murder of Johnny Ussher
The McLean outlaws met their maker when they killed the local law.

1884, Attack on the Orange Order

1884, Attack on the Orange Order
1884: The Free-Masons break up a snowy winter.

1885, Women Suffrage - Act I

1885, Women Suffrage - Act I
In 1885, an MP proves the contrary point the minute he opens his mouth.

1886, English-French "Thing" Comes To A Head

1886, English-French "Thing" Comes To A Head

Oh, yeah! Bring it on brother! Laurier flaps his marvelous French-Canadian wings.

1889, Canada Wheels Out World's First Competition Statute

1889, Canada Wheels Out World's First Competition Statute
An avant garde statute rolled out in Ottawa, circa 1889, was a keeper; precursor to competition, fair trade and antitrust statutes now worldwide.

1889, The Jesuit Estates

1889, The Jesuit Estates
The appropriation of the estates of the Jesuits - a dynamite issue.

1892, Canada's Criminal Code

1892, Canada's Criminal Code
It all started in 1892. English criminal law had worn out its welcome.

1895, Women's Suffrage; Act II

1895, Women's Suffrage; Act II
The exclusive club of male legislators still believed what their forefathers had taught them and also, perhaps, that the earth was flat.

1896, A Grave Constitutional Question

1896, A Grave Constitutional Question
That whole "discretion .... valour" thing never comes easy for a political appointee, especially one blessed "majestically".

1897, The British Empire's First Woman Lawyer

Clara Brett Martin was first refused admission as a student-at-law with the Law Society of Upper Canada. In 1893, after a special law was passed to fo...

1905, British Columbia Allows Lawyers to Discard the Wig while in Court

British Columbia enacts a law which prohibits the use of wigs in B.C. courts.

1906, Trial By M.P.

1906, Trial By M.P.
1906: La Presse journalist Ernest Eugene Cinq-Mars is hauled in for contempt of Parliament, merely for publishing some damn good copy.

1914, Chinaman: Racism In Law

1914, Chinaman: Racism In Law
Canada's last sputtering of racist laws.

1917, Birth of Income Tax

1917, Birth of Income Tax
A temporary income tax? Anyone wanna buy a bridge?

1922, A Female Law-maker

1922, A Female Law-maker
"She will vindicate the confidence that the last Parliament has reposed in her sex."

1924, Klu Klux Klan Targets French-Canadians

1924, Klu Klux Klan Targets French-Canadians
Shame on Canada for letting the Klu Klux Klan target French-Canadians in the 1920s.

1928, KIng and Bennett, both senior celebate ptliamentarians debate Bare Naked Ladies

[Caption: Mr. Bennett and Mr. King were never great friends; but nor was there ever any great enmity between the two, as this 1933 picture shows.] ...

1928, Women Are Not Persons (1928)

At least that's what the Supreme Court in Canada decided in April of 1928. In a unanimous decision, Canada's highest court said that women were legall...

1931, the so-called Statute of Westminster

The English Parliament has actually given the title of "Statute of Westminster" to four different laws. Three of them were passed in the 1200s. the on...

1932, Organized Labour Loses a Battle

1932, Organized Labour Loses a Battle
As Canada struggles with organized labour, Canada's chief law-maker, the prime minister, inherits the description "Mussolini is but a child".

19346, A Spy in the House of Commons?

Just as prime minister Mackenzie King was about to leave his office to attend the opening of the 20th Parliament he received a secret communiqué from ...

1937, Mackenzie King visits Adolf Hitler

[Caption: This picture was given to Canadian prime minister William lyon r_end"> by Adolf Hitler with the inscription, "In friendly recollecti]...

1940, Communists

EThe Communist party was outlawed in 1940 by Mackenzie King's 'order-in-council government' Dorise Nielsen, the Unity party member for North Battlefo...

1941, Communists!

1941, Communists!

Keeping "very bad" company.

1942, War Referendum

1942, War Referendum

Not necessarily conscription, but conscription if necessary.

1949 - Another Umbilical Cord Cut

Cas=nada, like all nations stuck under the yolk of England as es-colonies, emeeging countries, had to take their disentangelmen5 piece by piece.

1949, A Supreme Court; Act II

1949, A Supreme Court; Act II

Time had come to sever the umbilical cord.

1949, Breaking the Penultimate Colonial Link

Edit 1949Best of HansardBy Lloyd Duhaime[Caption: Stuart Sinclair Garson: minister of justice in 1948]Prime Minister Alexander Mackenzie's Liberal adm...

1959, Roncarelli v. Duplessis

Very few practicing Canadian lawyers a lot of had the privilege if not the agony of having to read and study and interpret run correctly against dupli...

1960, Divorce Blockade

1960, Divorce Blockade
Difficult divorce: Mrs. Jacqueline Mazurette, to be "Ms" at a price.

1964, The braying of jackasses

On Dec. 8, 1964, the six-month flag debate was about to be abruptly terminated by closure. Like most Canadians, Gilles Grégoire's patience with the Co...

1969, Make Them All Homos

1969, Make Them All Homos
Of homos and government and a good dose of utter nonsense.

1970-, War Measures Act Invoked

Ottawa invoked the War Measures Act on October 16, 1970, and for a short time and at the request of the Premier of Quebec, to respond to Quebec separa...

1974, Quuebec's controversial language law - Bill 101

Quebec National Assembly votes Bill 101 into law making French the only official language of the province. Severe restrictions are placed on access to...

1980, Constitution Comes Home

1980, Constitution Comes Home
October 23, 1980: all Hell breaks loose in Canada's House of Commons when Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau tries to close debate on the repatriation of the Constitution.

1981, Charter of Rights and Freedoms

1981, Charter of Rights and Freedoms
In 1982, Canada cut the second last legal umbilical chord with Great Britain.

1987, The Meech Lake Constitutional Accord

The June 3, 1987 Constitutional Accord (Proposal - a proposal in that it never did receive the necessary endorsements from the provincial legislatures...

1992, The Charlottetown Accord

1992, The Charlottetown Accord
A bitter personal struggle underscores nation building.

2013, Quebec Separatists' Failed Charter on State Secularism

2013, Quebec Separatists' Failed Charter on State Secularism
A proposed Quebec law, called the Charter Affirming the Values of State Secularism and Religious Neutrality, came down in flames as a result of the 2014 provincial election. The failed experiment in the enforcement of secularism including the partial prohibition of overtly religious apparel in public places, shook Quebec to its core, and grabbed the attention of Canada.

David William Ramsay, BC

David William Ramsay is a name lawyers in Prince George would certainly like to forget; and, for that matter, every lawyer in British Columbia. Judici...

Georges Etienne Cartier, (1814-1873)

Georges Etienne Cartier, (1814-1873)
A biography of George Etienne Cartier.

Jean-Guy Boileau, Judge, Quebec

Judge The best-known reported case of Judge’ Boilard’s conduct is within the Supreme Court of Canada case Doré v the Barreau du Que...

Montreal Hangs a Slave

EdTo protest her slavery and pending sale, a black slave burnt down her master's house in Montreal. Unfortunately for Marie-Joseph-Angelique, the fire...

Ron MacIsaac, Vancouver Island Lawyer

Ron MacIsaac, Vancouver Island Lawyer
Ron,MacIsaac,F.T., biography, Vancvouver Islandf lawyer and now, Member, the Canadian Lawyer Hall of Fame.

Timeline of Canadian Legal History

A timetable, timeline of Canadian legal history: in chronological order: when, what, who. From the arrival of the First Nations to now, and all important landmarks in-between.