Out of the Shadows:
The Civil Law Tradition in the Department of Justice Canada, 1868–2000

Appendix 1: Ministers of Justice Trained in Civil Law

Sir Antoine-Aimé Dorion

Télesphore Fournier

Rodolphe Laflamme

Charles Fitzpatrick

Charles Joseph Doherty

Sir Lomer Gouin

Ernest Lapointe



Esioff Léon Patenaude

Louis Stephen St-Laurent


Lionel Chevrier
(called to Quebec Bar in 1957)

Guy Favreau

Lucien Cardin

Pierre Elliott Trudeau

John Napier Turner
(called to Quebec Bar in 1954)

Marc Lalonde

Senator Jacques Flynn

Jean Chrétien

Donald J. Johnston

Pierre Blais

November 7, 1873 – May 31, 1874

July 8, 1874 – May 18, 1875

June 8, 1877 – October 16, 1878

February 11, 1902 – June 3, 1906

October 10, 1911 – September 21, 1921

December 29, 1921 – January 30, 1924

January 30, 1924 – June 28, 1926
September 25, 1926 – August 6, 1930
October 23, 1935 – November 26, 1941

July 13, 1926 – September 25, 1926

December 10, 1941 – December 10, 1946
July 1, 1948 – November 15, 1948


April 22, 1963 – February 3, 1964

February 3, 1964 – June 29, 1965

July 7, 1965 – April 3, 1967

April 3, 1967 – July 6, 1968


July 6, 1968 – January 28, 1972

November 24, 1978 – June 4, 1979

June 4, 1979 – March 3, 1980

March 3, 1980 – September 10, 1982

June 30, 1984 – September 17, 1984

January 4, 1991 – November 4, 1993

Sources: Appendix IV in Yvonne Milosevic and John Hodges, The Criminal Law Branch: Yesterday and Today (Ottawa: Department of Justice, 1997), pp. 141-142; Department of Justice (DJ), Administrative Records, File 225-3, Vol. 1, “General Administration, Organization – General, Department of Justice”, “Ministers of Justice and Attorneys General”; “Millennium Celebration”, Department of Justice, December 9, 1999, p. 10.

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