Robert Taschereau, PC CC (September 10, 1896 – July 26, 1970) was a lawyer who became the 11th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and who briefly served as acting Governor General of Canada following the death of Georges Vanier in 1967.
Robert Taschereau, c.1915
|11th Chief Justice of Canada|
April 22, 1963 – September 1, 1967
|Nominated by||John Diefenbaker|
|Preceded by||Patrick Kerwin|
|Succeeded by||John Robert Cartwright|
|Puisne Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada|
February 9, 1940 – April 22, 1963
|Nominated by||William Lyon Mackenzie King|
|Preceded by||Lawrence Cannon|
|Succeeded by||Wishart Spence|
|Member of the Legislative Assembly of Quebec for Bellechasse|
|Preceded by||Antonin Galipeault|
|Succeeded by||Émile Boiteau|
|Born||September 10, 1896|
Quebec City, Quebec
|Died||July 26, 1970 (aged 73)|
|Spouse(s)||Ellen Donohue (m. 1926) (1903-1977)|
|Alma mater||Université Laval, Faculté de droit|
Following a career as a lawyer, Taschereau entered politics as a Liberal and won a seat in the Quebec National Assembly in 1930. He held his seat of the riding of Bellechasse until retiring in 1936.
Supreme Court JudgeEdit
Taschereau was promoted to Chief Justice in 1963.
According to the Canadian rules of succession, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court is second-in-line to the Governor Generalship, and serves in an interim capacity until a new one can be recommended by the Prime Minister and chosen by the Queen.
Taschereau acted as Governor General from Vanier's death on March 5 to April 17, 1967 at which point Prime Minister Lester Pearson and the Queen appointed Roland Michener as the new Governor General.
Retirement and honoursEdit
Taschereau remained on the Supreme Court until retiring in 1967.
His father, Louis-Alexandre Taschereau, had been Premier of Quebec and his grandfather, Jean-Thomas Taschereau, also served on the Supreme Court of Canada as a puisne justice. Robert was more distantly related to Sir Henri Elzéar Taschereau, who replaced Jean-Thomas on the Supreme Court and went on to serve as Chief Justice of Canada.
- Order of Canada Citation
- Supreme Court of Canada biography
- "Biography". Dictionnaire des parlementaires du Québec de 1792 à nos jours (in French). National Assembly of Quebec.
| acting Governor General of Canada or administrator