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Order of Canada

Michel Bastarache, C.C.

Full Name Honour Received Residence
Michel Bastarache, C.C. C.C. Ottawa
Honour Appointment Investiture
Companion of the Order of Canada May 25, 2009 April 7, 2010
One of our most eminent jurists, Michel Bastarache is known for his invaluable contributions to protecting the linguistic rights of minority communities. He is renowned for his support of the development of common law in French at the faculties of law at the University of Ottawa and the Université de Moncton, where he was also the dean. Among other things, he was responsible for developing a lexicon of property law, which marked the beginning of the standardization process for common law vocabulary in French. A former judge in the New Brunswick Court of Appeal, he then played a major role as a justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, where his defence of linguistic equality marked a turning point in Canadian jurisprudence. He has also been involved in a variety of organizations, notably as the secretary general of the Société des Acadiens et Acadiennes du Nouveau-Brunswick.
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