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List of Supreme Court of Canada cases (Lamer Court)

 

List of Supreme Court of Canada cases (Lamer Court)

This is a chronological list of notable cases decided by the Supreme Court of Canada from appointment of Antonio Lamer as Chief Justice of Canada to his retirement.

1990 – 1994

Case name Citation Date Subject
July 1, 1990 – Appointment of Antonio Lamer as Chief Justice of Canada
PIPSC v. Northwest Territories [1990] 2 S.C.R. 367 August 16, 1990 freedom of association; section 2(d)
Central Alberta Dairy Pool v. Alberta (Human Rights Commission) [1990] 2 S.C.R. 489 September 13, 1990 freedom of religion; employer discrimination
R. v. Khan [1990] 2 S.C.R. 531 September 13, 1990 hearsay exception, children as witnesses
R. v. Martineau [1990] 2 S.C.R. 633 September 13, 1990 murder
R. v. J.(J.T.) [1990] 2 S.C.R. 755 Young offenders
Clarke v. Clarke [1990] 2 S.C.R. 795 October 4, 1990 pensions and matrimonial property
R. v. Hess; R. v. Nguyen [1990] 2 S.C.R. 906 October 4, 1990 Charter section 7, statutory rape
R. v. Askov [1990] 2 S.C.R. 1199 October 18, 1990 Charter right to be "tried within a reasonable time" (s. 11(b))
Steele v. Mountain Institution [1990] 2 S.C.R. 1385 November 8, 1990 Cruel and unusual punishment, indeterminate sentences
R. v. Wong [1990] 3 S.C.R. 36 November 22, 1990 Electronic surveillance
McKinney v. University of Guelph [1990] 3 S.C.R. 229 December 6, 1990 Case broadened the scope of the Charter, elaborated use of section 15.
Stoffman v. Vancouver General Hospital [1990] 3 S.C.R. 483 December 6, 1990 application of the Charter; age discrimination
Douglas/Kwantlen Faculty Assn. v. Douglas College [1990] 3 S.C.R. 570 December 13, 1990 Jurisdiction, remedies
R. v. Keegstra [1990] 3 S.C.R. 697 December 13, 1990 Hate propaganda
R. v. Andrews [1990] 3 S.C.R. 870 December 13, 1990 Freedom of expression
Morguard Investments Ltd. v. De Savoye [1990] 3 S.C.R. 1077 December 20, 1990 conflict of laws
R. v. Chaulk [1990] 3 S.C.R. 1303 December 20, 1990 mental disorder defence
Committee for the Commonwealth of Canada v. Canada [1991] 1 S.C.R. 139 January 25, 1991 Freedom of political expression, reasonable limitations of rights
R. v. Sullivan [1991] 1 S.C.R. 489 March 21, 1991 Fetus as a legal person
R. v. W.(D.) [1991] 1 S.C.R. 742 March 28, 1991 Charge to juries
R. v. Evans [1991] 1 S.C.R. 869 April 18, 1991 Right to counsel
R. v. Swain [1991] 1 S.C.R. 933 May 2, 1991 arbitrary detention, Charter section 7
Cuddy Chicks Ltd. v. Ontario (Labour Relations Board) [1991] 2 S.C.R. 5 June 6, 1991 jurisdiction
Tetreault-Gadoury v. Canada [1991] 2 S.C.R. 22 June 6, 1991 jurisdiction
Osborne v. Canada (Treasury Board) [1991] 2 S.C.R. 69 June 6, 1991 political neutrality of public service, freedom of expression
Reference re Provincial Electoral Boundaries (Sask.) [1991] 2 S.C.R. 158 June 6, 1991 Right to vote, representation
Lavigne v. Ontario Public Service Employees Union [1991] 2 S.C.R. 211 June 27, 1991 Freedom of association, freedom of expression
Reference re Canada Assistance Plan (B.C.) [1991] 2 S.C.R. 525 August 15, 1991 Jurisdiction of section 96 courts.
R. v. Seaboyer [1991] 2 S.C.R. 577 August 22, 1991 right to full answer and defence
R. v. Jobidon [1991] 2 S.C.R. 714 September 26, 1991 Defence of consent
Kindler v. Canada (Minister of Justice) [1991] 2 S.C.R. 779 September 26, 1991 extradition
Reference Re Ng Extradition [1991] 2 S.C.R. 858 September 26, 1991 extradition to country with death penalty
Pearlman v. Manitoba Law Society Judicial Committee [1991] 2 S.C.R. 869 September 26, 1991 section 7
R. v. McCraw [1991] 3 S.C.R. 72 rape threats
R. v. Wholesale Travel Group Inc. [1991] 3 S.C.R. 154 October 24, 1991 Strict liability offences
R. v. Gruenke [1991] 3 S.C.R. 263 October 24, 1991 case-by-case privilege.
R. v. Stinchcombe [1991] 3 S.C.R. 326 November 7, 1991 disclosure of evidence
R. v. Goltz [1991] 3 S.C.R. 485 November 14, 1991 cruel and unusual punishment, section 12
R. v. Broyles [1991] 3 S.C.R. 595 November 28, 1991 Right to silence
Canadian Council of Churches v. Canada (Minister of Employment and Immigration) [1992] 1 S.C.R. 236 January 23, 1992 Standing
R. v. Genereux [1992] 1 S.C.R. 259 February 13, 1992 constitutionality of being tried by court martial.
R. v. Butler [1992] 1 S.C.R. 452 February 27, 1992 pornography and freedom of expression
R. v. Wise [1992] 1 S.C.R. 527 Section 8, Electronic Surveillance
Newfoundland Telephone Co. v. Newfoundland (Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities) [1992] 1 S.C.R. 623 March 5, 1992 Administrative law, reasonable apprehension of bias
Canada (Minister of Employment and Immigration) v. Chiarelli [1992] 1 S.C.R. 711 March 26, 1992 Charter rights, deportation for crime
R. v. Morin [1992] 1 S.C.R. 771 March 26, 1992 Right to trial within a reasonable time
Reference re Milgaard [1992] 1 S.C.R. 866
Canadian National Railway Co. v. Norsk Pacific Steamship Co. [1992] 1 S.C.R. 1021 April 30, 1992 sets forth categories of recoverable economic loss.
Norberg v. Wynrib [1992] 2 S.C.R. 224, [1992] 2 S.C.R. 226, [1992] 2 S.C.R. 318 tort law
Reference Re Goods and Services Tax [1992] 2 S.C.R. 445
R. v. Nova Scotia Pharmaceutical Society [1992] 2 S.C.R. 606 July 9, 1992 section 7
Schachter v. Canada [1992] 2 S.C.R. 679 July 9, 1992 remedies of Constitution; section 52; section 24(1)
R. v. Zundel [1992] 2 S.C.R. 731 August 27, 1992 Freedom of expression
R. v. Smith [1992] 2 S.C.R. 915 August 27, 1992 Hearsay exceptions
R. v. Parks [1992] 2 S.C.R. 871 August 27, 1992 defence of automatism
R. v. DeSousa [1992] 2 S.C.R. 944 September 24, 1992 predicate offences, requirement for mens rea
Central Okanagan School District No. 23 v. Renaud [1992] 2 S.C.R. 970 September 24, 1992 Human Right Act
Ciba-Geigy Canada Ltd. v. Apotex Inc. [1992] 3 S.C.R. 120 passing off
Haig v. Canada (Chief Electoral Officer) [1992] 3 S.C.R. 163 September 2, 1993 right to vote
London Drugs Ltd. v. Kuehne & Nagel International Ltd. [1992] 3 S.C.R. 299 October 29, 1992 privity
R. v. Morales [1992] 3 S.C.R. 711 November 19, 1992 right to reasonable bail
Moge v. Moge [1992] 3 S.C.R. 813 December 17, 1992 spousal support
BG Checo International Ltd. v. British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority [1993] 1 S.C.R. 12 January 21, 1993 grounds for civil actions
New Brunswick Broadcasting Co. v. Nova Scotia (Speaker of the House of Assembly) [1993] 1 S.C.R. 319 January 21, 1993 Parliamentary privileges
Rhône (The) v. Peter A.B. Widener (The) [1993] 1 S.C.R. 497 corporate liability
Canada (Attorney General) v. Mossop [1993] 1 S.C.R. 554 February 25, 1993 equality rights
R. v. B.(K.G.) [1993] 1 S.C.R. 740 February 25, 1993 prior inconsistent statements
Reference re Public Schools Act (Man.) [1993] 1 S.C.R. 839
R. v. Hundal [1993] 1 S.C.R. 867 March 11, 1993 criminal fault standard.
Amchem Products Incorporated v. British Columbia (Workers' Compensation Board) [1993] 1 S.C.R. 897 March 25, 1993 conflict of laws, forum selection
Hall v. Hebert [1993] 2 S.C.R. 159 April 29, 1993 Ex turpi causa non oritur actio, contributory negligence
Canada v. Ward [1993] 2 S.C.R. 689 June 30, 1993 Refugee, persecution
Ramsden v. Peterborough (City) [1993] 2 S.C.R. 1084 September 2, 1993 Freedom of expression
R. v. Creighton [1993] 3 S.C.R. 3 September 9, 1993 criminal fault standard.
R. v. Plant [1993] 3 S.C.R. 281 September 30, 1993 search of computer records; search of perimeter of property
Ontario Hydro v. Ontario (Labour Relations Board) [1993] 3 S.C.R. 327 September 30, 1993 federalism, federal declaratory power
R. v. Morgentaler [1993] 3 S.C.R. 463 September 30, 1993 The constitutionality of provincial regulations of abortion.
Rodriguez v. British Columbia (Attorney General) [1993] 3 S.C.R. 519 September 30, 1993 right to suicide
R. v. Dersch [1993] 3 S.C.R. 768 October 21, 1993
R. v. Marquard [1993] 4 S.C.R. 223 October 21, 1993 expert evidence
Hunt v. T&N plc [1993] 4 S.C.R. 289 November 18, 1993 conflict of laws
R. v. Finta [1994] 1 S.C.R. 701 March 24, 1994 war crimes and crimes against humanity
R. v. Mohan [1994] 2 S.C.R. 9 May 5, 1994 expert testimony
R. v. Daviault [1994] 3 S.C.R. 63 September 30, 1994 defence of intoxication
R. v Bartle [1994] 3 S.C.R. 173 September 29, 1994 right to be informed on arrest of duty counsel
R. v. Prosper [1994] 3 S.C.R. 236 September 29, 1994 right to retain counsel s.10(b) of Charter
Native Women's Association of Canada v. Canada [1994] 3 S.C.R. 627 October 27, 1994 positive obligations on the government under freedom of expression in the Charter.
R. v. Heywood [1994] 3 S.C.R. 761 November 24, 1994 Section Seven challenge, Overbreadth
Dagenais v. Canadian Broadcasting Corp. [1994] 3 S.C.R. 835 December 8, 1994 publication bans, freedom of expression
R. v. Laba [1994] 3 S.C.R. 965 December 8, 1994 presumption of innocence
Tolofson v. Jensen [1994] 3 S.C.R. 1022 December 15, 1994 conflict of laws in tort

1995 – 1999

Case name Citation Date Subject
Stewart v. Pettie [1995] 1 S.C.R. 131 January 26, 1995 Duty of Care in social host liability
Canadian Broadcasting Corp. v. Canada (Labour Relations Board) [1995] 1 S.C.R. 157 January 27, 1995 Standard of review for administrative tribunals
R. v. Burlingham [1995] 2 S.C.R. 206 May 18, 1995 Right to counsel
Miron v. Trudel [1995] 2 S.C.R. 418 May 25, 1995 section 15
Egan v. Canada [1995] 2 S.C.R. 513 May 25, 1995 sexual orientation, ground of discrimination under the Charter.
Thibaudeau v. Canada [1995] 2 S.C.R. 627 May 25, 1995 Charter equality rights; section 7
R. v. Park [1995] 2 S.C.R. 836 June 22, 1995 established the mistaken belief in consent defence
Weber v. Ontario Hydro [1995] 2 S.C.R. 929 June 29, 1995 concurrency of court jurisdiction; collective agreements
R. v. Hibbert [1995] 2 S.C.R. 973 February 22, 1996 Aiding and abetting, duress
Hill v. Church of Scientology of Toronto [1995] 2 S.C.R. 1130 July 20, 1995 defamation; Charter interpretation
RJR - MacDonald Inc. v. Canada (Attorney General) [1995] 3 S.C.R. 199 September 21, 1995 tobacco, freedom of speech.
Husky Oil Operations Ltd. v. Canada (Minister of Natural Resources) [1995] 3 S.C.R. 453 October 19, 2005 applicability, paramountcy
Chan v. Canada (Minister of Employment and Immigration) [1995] 3 S.C.R. 593 October 19, 1995 Convention refugee status
R. v. Jorgensen [1995] 4 S.C.R. 55 November 16, 1995 obscenity
R. v. O'Connor [1995] 4 S.C.R. 411 December 14, 1995 privilege for doctor's records
Hollis v. Dow Corning Corp. [1995] 4 S.C.R. 634 Product liability
R. v. Edwards [1996] 1 S.C.R. 128 Test for Reasonable Expectation of Privacy in Section 8 of the Charter
Reference re Amendments to the Residential Tenancies Act (N.S.) [1996] 1 S.C.R. 186 February 22, 1996 Jurisdiction of section 96 courts
R. v. Badger [1996] 1 S.C.R. 771 April 3, 1996 aboriginal treaty rights
Ross v. New Brunswick School District No. 15 [1996] 1 S.C.R. 825
R. v. Van der Peet [1996] 2 S.C.R. 507 August 21, 1996 section 35 aboriginal rights
R. v. Gladstone [1996] 2 S.C.R. 723 August 21, 1996 aboriginal fishing rights
R .v. Pamajewon [1996] 2 S.C.R. 821 August 22, 1996 aboriginal self-government
Adler v. Ontario [1996] 3 S.C.R. 609 November 21, 1996 private denominational education
R. v. Latimer [1997] 1 S.C.R. 217 February 6, 1997 arbitrary detention, the right to informed of reasons for arrest or detention, the right to be informed that one may seek counsel
R. v. Stillman [1997] 1 S.C.R. 607 March 20, 1997 exclusion of evidence, s.24(2) of the Charter
Canada (Director of Investigation and Research) v. Southam Inc. [1997] 1 S.C.R. 748 March 20, 1997 judicial review
Hercules Managements Ltd. v. Ernst & Young [1997] 2 S.C.R. 165 May 22, 1997 Novel duties of care, auditors' liability
R. v. Noble [1997] 1 S.C.R. 874 right to silence
R. v. Feeney [1997] 2 S.C.R. 13 May 22, 1997 section 8 of the Charter
Eldridge v. British Columbia (Attorney General) [1997] 2 S.C.R. 624 October 9, 1997 section 32 and 15 of the Charter
Provincial Judges Reference [1997] 3 S.C.R. 3 September 18, 1997 Remuneration of Provincial Court Judges
R. v. Hydro-Québec [1997] 3 S.C.R. 213 September 18, 1997 Constitutional criminal law power, peace, order and good government
R. v. Lifchus [1997] 3 S.C.R. 320 September 18, 1997 beyond a reasonable doubt standard
R. v. Belnavis [1997] 3 S.C.R. 341 September 25, 1997 search and seizure
R. v. R.D.S. [1997] 3 S.C.R. 484 September 26, 1997 judge's use of personal experiences in deciding cases.
Libman v. Quebec (Attorney General) [1997] 3 S.C.R. 569 October 9, 1997 election law, freedom of expression and association
Wallace v. United Grain Growers Ltd. [1997] 3 S.C.R. 701 October 30, 1997 damages for wrongful dismissal where employer exercises bad faith in terminating employment
Godbout v. Longueuil (City) [1997] 3 S.C.R. 844 October 31, 1997 section 7; restriction on residence
Delgamuukw v. British Columbia [1997] 3 S.C.R. 1010 December 11, 1997 aboriginal title, right to self-government.
Re Remuneration of Judges (No. 2) [1998] 1 S.C.R. 3 February 10, 1998 aftermath of Provincial Judges Reference; doctrine of necessity
R. v. Lucas [1998] 1 S.C.R. 439 April 2, 1998 defamatory libel, freedom of expression
Vriend v. Alberta [1998] 1 S.C.R. 493 April 2, 1998 provincial governments cannot exclude sexual orientation from human rights codes.
Aubry v. Éditions Vice-Versa inc. [1998] 1 S.C.R. 591 April 9, 1998 Privacy rights; invasion of privacy
Thomson Newspapers Co. v. Canada (Attorney General) [1998] 1 S.C.R. 877 May 29, 1998 Freedom of expression
Pushpanathan v. Canada (Minister of Citizenship and Immigration) [1998] 1 S.C.R. 982 June 4, 1998 Refugees, Administrative law
Eli Lilly & Co. v. Novopharm Ltd. [1998] 2 S.C.R. 129 patents
Reference re Secession of Quebec [1998] 2 S.C.R. 217 August 20, 1998 Constitutionality of unilateral separation of Quebec
R. v. Cuerrier [1998] 2 S.C.R. 371 December 3, 1998 criminal law
Canadian Egg Marketing Agency v. Richardson [1998] 3 S.C.R. 157 May 30, 1997 Standing; Section Six of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms
Cadbury Schweppes Inc. v. FBI Foods Ltd. [1999] 1 S.C.R. 142 January 28, 1999 Breach of confidence and appropriate remedies
R. v. Godoy [1999] 1 S.C.R. 311 February 4, 1999 Rights against police entering private residence.
R. v. Ewanchuk [1999] 1 S.C.R. 330 February 25, 1999 consent as defence to sexual assault
Law v. Canada [1999] 1 S.C.R. 497 March 25, 1999 section 15
MJB Enterprises Ltd. v. Defence Construction (1951) Ltd. [1999] 1 S.C.R. 619 Tendering contracts
R. v. Monney [1999] 1 S.C.R. 652
R. v. Beaulac [1999] 1 S.C.R. 768 May 20, 1999 language rights
M. v. H. [1999] 2 S.C.R. 3 May 20, 1999 rights of same-sex couples
Corbiere v. Canada (Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs) [1999] 2 S.C.R. 203, 1999 SCC 29 May 20, 1999 Equality rights, right to vote.
R. v. Stone [1999] 2 S.C.R. 290 May 27, 1999 mental disorder defence
R. v. White [1999] 2 S.C.R. 417
Bazley v Curry [1999] 2 S.C.R. 534 June 17, 1999 vicarious liability
Jacobi v. Griffiths [1999] 2 S.C.R. 570 June 17, 1999 vicarious liability
Winko v. British Columbia (Forensic Psychiatric Institute) [1999] 2 S.C.R. 625 June 17, 1999 Mental disorder and criminal law; Charter
Dobson (Litigation Guardian of) v. Dobson [1999] 2 S.C.R. 753 July 9, 1999 Pregnancy and torts
Baker v. Canada [1999] 2 S.C.R. 817 July 9, 1999 Judicial review
Delisle v. Canada (Deputy Attorney General) [1999] 2 S.C.R. 989 September 2, 1999 association; expression; equality
U.C.F.W., Local 1518 v. KMart Canada [1999] 2 S.C.R. 1083 September 9, 1999 Freedom of expression; picketing
British Columbia (PSERC) v. BCGSEU [1999] 3 S.C.R. 3 September 9, 1999 Human Rights legislation; discrimination
R. v. Marshall [1999] 3 SCR 45 aboriginal fishing rights.
New Brunswick (Minister of Health and Community Services) v. G.(J.) [1999] 3 S.C.R. 46 September 10, 1999 access to legal aid
Fraser River Pile & Dredge Ltd. v. Can-Dive Services Ltd. [1999] 3 S.C.R. 108 September 10, 1999 privity
R. v. Mills [1999] 3 S.C.R. 668 November 25, 1999 privilege, disclosure of evidence
British Columbia (Superintendent of Motor Vehicles) v. British Columbia (Council of Human Rights) [1999] 3 S.C.R. 868 December 16, 1999 discrimination based on disability
January 6, 2000 – retirement of Chief Justice Antonio Lamer.

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