Supreme Court Justice Clément Gascon was appointed to the Supreme Court in June of 2014 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. A native of Montreal, Justice Gascon grew up in Outremont where he attended Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf and pursued law at McGill University. Upon being called to the Quebec Bar in 1982, Gascon spent the next 21 years at Heenan Blaikie where he gained a reputation for being efficient and well prepared.
When he was offered to sit on the bench of the Quebec Superior Court he accepted without hesitation. As a judge he was lauded for being a ‘beautiful writer’, a compliment reserved for only a select few. In 2012, Gascon was appointed to the Quebec Court of Appeal where he spent the next two years before being appointed to the country’s highest court.
The father of three is married to Quebec provincial court judge Marie-Michelle Lavigne and is the brother to two practicing lawyers. Catherine Clark spoke to Justice Clément Gascon in Ottawa.
Born into political life in Ottawa, Catherine Clark is no stranger to being in the public eye. As founding host of CPAC’s popular weekly television show Beyond Politics, Catherine interviews Members of Parliament, Premiers and people of influence to reveal the personal, human side of public life. Catherine is also a sought-after public speaker and emcee, and writes the “Giving Back” column for Ottawa at Home Magazine, profiling people who are improving the lives of their fellow citizens.