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Brian Dickson

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The Right Honourable Robert George Brian Dickson, PC , CC (May 25, 1916 - October 17, 1998) was appointed Chief Justice of Canada on April 18, 1984. He retired on June 30, 1990. He went by the name Brian Dickson, and should not be confused with franco-ontarian poet Robert Dickson.

Dickson was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. He was the son of Thomas Dickson and Sarah Elizabeth Gibson. After his family moved to Winnipeg, he attended the University of Manitoba and graduated with an LL.B. in 1938. He worked for two years in the investment department of the Great-West Life Assurance Company, then was called to the bar in 1940. Before practising law, he enlisted in the armed forces during the Second World War and served overseas, where he was severely wounded in 1944. Upon his return to Winnipeg in 1945, he joined the law firm of Aikins, Loftus, MacAulay, Turner, Thompson & Tritschler. He also lectured at the Faculty of Law of the University of Manitoba for six years, until 1954. In 1963 he was appointed to the Court of Queen's Bench of Manitoba and four years later was elevated to the Manitoba Court of Appeal. He was appointed to the Supreme Court of Canada on March 26, 1973 and became its chief justice on April 18, 1984. He served on the Supreme Court for 17 years before retiring on June 30, 1990.

In 1990 he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada.

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Preceded by:
Bora Laskin
Chief Justice of Canada
April 18, 1984June 30, 1990
Succeeded by:
Antonio Lamer

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