Canada’s first Jewish chief justice
The Right Honourable Bora Laskin was a respected constitutional and labour law professor and a respected justice on the Supreme Court of Canada from 1970 until his death in Ottawa in 1984. From 1973 until 1984, he served as chief justice of Canada and was the first Jew appointed to the Ontario Court of Appeal and to the Supreme Court of Canada.
Laskin was born in Fort William (now Thunder Bay) on October 5, 1912. In high school, he excelled in both academics and sports and was his graduating class valedictorian. He earned his BA and MA from the University of Toronto and law degrees from Osgoode Hall in 1936 and Harvard in 1937. [Read more…]