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Gerald Le Dain fonds [textual record, graphic material, sound recording]. 



Place of creation


9.525 m of textual records.
29 photographs.
350 audio cassettes.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of records produced by Gerald Le Dain during his activities as lawyer and partner of Riel, Le Dain, Bissonnette, Vermette & Ryan, as lawyer and dean of Law for Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, as chairman of the Commission of Inquiry into Non-Medical Use of Drugs, as judge of the Federal Court of Appeal and as justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. The fonds also includes several texts written by Le Dain as well as publications.

Textual records
Sound recordings
90: Open
Textual records
96: Restrictions vary
from 1 to 16
from 22 to 23
from 25 to 28
90: Open
Textual records
96: Restrictions vary
18: Restricted by creator/donor
Textual records
96: Restrictions vary
from 30 to 50
10: Closed by creator/donor
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
90: Open
Archival reference no.

Textual records: The finding aid, prepared by Lucie Paquet and Ginette Cyr, is a list of records arranged in thematic, alphabetical and chronological order. MSS2172 (Paper)

Textual records: Finding Aid. MSS2172 (Electronic)

Biography / Administrative history

Gerald Eric Le Dain, C.C., Q.C., B.C.L., D., D.C.L., LL.D. was born in Montreal on 27 November 1924. He studied at West Hill High School (1942), William A. Birks and Sir William MacDonald Schools to McGill University (1942-1943). He took some courses for the Canadian Army at McGill University in 1943. He served with the Canadian Army between 1943 and 1946 as gunner for N.W. Theatre with 7th Medium Regiment, with the Royal Canadian Army (1945-1946), and with the Army of Occupation (1945-1946). After the war, he continued his studies at Khaki University in England (1946) and McGill University (B.C.L.) (1949). Called to the Bar of Quebec in 1949 and created Q.C. in 1961, Gerald Le Dain practised law with Walker, Martineau, Chauvin, Walker & Allison from 1950 to 1953. He was Associate Professor and Secretary of the Faculty of Law at McGill University (1953-1959). He worked in the Legal Department for the Canadian International Paper Co. (1959-1961). He became Partner of Riel, Le Dain, Bissonnette Vermette & Ryan from 1961 to 1966. In tandem with this occupation, he was Counsel to the Attorney General for Quebec in constitutional cases (1963-1967). Gerald Le Dain was Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law for McGill University (1966-1967), Professor of Law (1967-1975) and Dean of Law (1967-1972) for Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. Called to the Bar of Ontario in 1968, he was consultant to the Royal Commission on bilingualism and biculturalism, advisor to Special Counsel on the Constitution to the Department of Justice (1967), and Chairman for the Commission of Inquiry into Non-Medical Use of Drugs (1969-1973). He was appointed Judge to the Federal Court of Canada in 1975, and Justice to the Supreme Court of Canada in 1984. He retired in 1988. He received many honourary degrees and awards from universities and associations: Elizabeth Torrance Gold Medal, MacDonald Travelling Scholarship, Université de Lyon (1950), York University (1976), Concordia University (1976), Acadia University (1978), McGill University (1985) and was named Companion of the Order of Canada (1989). The American Drug Policy Foundation created in Washington (1990) the Justice Gerald Le Dain Award for Achievement in the Field of Law of the Drug Policy Foundation.

Additional information

Associated material note
See also documents related to this description in RG 33-101:Non-Medical Use of Drugs Commission (MIKAN No. 46902).


Related control no.

1. 1999-0016 VSA
2. 1998-00636-0