Thursday, September 11, 2008

Constitutional Scholar Gérald Beaudoin Passes Away

Former Senator Gérald Beaudoin, one of the giants of Canadian constitutional scholarship, passed away yesterday.

He was 79.

He was named to the Upper Chamber in 1988 by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and retired in 2004 at the mandatory age of 75.

Beaudoin taught law at the University of Ottawa where he served as dean of civil law 1969 to 1979.

He was a member of the Pépin-Robarts Commission, 1977-79, co-chairman of the Beaudoin-Edwards and of the Beaudoin-Dobbie committees on constitutional renewal.

He also presided over the Senate committee on legal and constitutional affairs and was a member of the Senate committee on euthanasia and assisted suicide.

He was a prolific author on constitutional issues and translated and edited the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

More from Radio-Canada, including links to archival footage. CPAC also has a lengthy interview with the Senator from January 2008.

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posted by Michel-Adrien at 2:52 pm


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