Canadian jurist. Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Born in Québec (Québec), on September 10, 1896. He studied at the Petit Séminaire de Québec and at the Law Faculty of Laval University. He was admitted to the bar in 1920 and joined his father's law firm, while teaching criminal law part-time at Laval for 11 years. In keeping with family tradition, he entered politics and was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Québec in 1930 as the Liberal representative for Bellechasse. He was a member of the Assembly until 1936. 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. In 1946, along with his colleague on the Court, Justice Kellock, he co-chaired the Royal Commission on Spying Activities in Canada, which was set up as a result of the so-called "Gouzenko Affair." On April 22, 1963, he was appointed Chief Justice of Canada. He was the son of Louis-Alexandre Taschereau, Premier of Québec from 1920 to 1936 and the grandson of Jean-Thomas Taschereau, who had been a judge on the Supreme Court of Canada. He died in Montréal on July 26, 1970.
Bio by: Guy Gagnon