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List of Supreme Court of Canada cases (Laskin Court)

This is a chronological list of notable cases decided by the Supreme Court of Canada from the appointment of Bora Laskin in 1973 as Chief Justice to his retirement in 1984.

1973 1974

Case name Citation Date Subject
December 27, 1973 Bora Laskin is appointed as Chief Justice of Canada
Calder v. British Columbia (Attorney General) [1973] S.C.R. 313 January 31, 1973 Aboriginal rights
Jordan House Ltd. v. Menow [1974] S.C.R. 239 commercial host liability
Canadian Aero Service Ltd. v. O'Malley [1974] S.C.R. 592 June 29, 1973 corporate director's feduciary duties
Attorney General of Canada v. Lavell [1974] S.C.R. 1349 August 27, 1973 equality, Bill of Rights
Moran v. Pyle National (Canada) Ltd. [1975] 1 S.C.R. 393 Conflict of laws
Murdoch v. Murdoch [1975] 1 S.C.R. 423 Division of matrimonial property

1975 1979

Case name Citation Date Subject
Kienapple v. The Queen [1975] 1 S.C.R. 729 the "kienapple" principle of multiple criminal charges
Jones v. Attorney General of New Brunswick [1975] 2 S.C.R. 182 validity of Official Languages Act
Interprovincial Cooperatives v. The Queen (1975), [1976] 1 S.C.R. 477 constitutional extra-territoriality
Morgentaler v. The Queen [1976] 1 S.C.R. 616 March 26, 1975 abortion
Harrison v. Carswell [1976] 2 S.C.R. 200 pre-Charter right to protest
Morgan v. Prince Edward Island (Attorney General) [1976] 2 S.C.R. 349 limiting right to own land
Reference re Anti-Inflation Act [1976] 2 S.C.R. 373 July 12, 1976 peace, order and good government power
MacDonald v. Vapor Canada Ltd. [1977] 2 S.C.R. 134 constitutionality of the Trade-marks Act
Amax Potash Ltd. v. Government of Saskatchewan [1977] 2 S.C.R. 576 federalism
Miller and Cockriell v. The Queen [1977] 2 S.C.R. 680 Bill of Rights; Cruel and unusual punishment
Leary v. The Queen [1978] 1 S.C.R. 29 March 8, 1977 intoxication defence
Kruger and al. v. The Queen [1978] 1 S.C.R. 104 May 31, 1977 Indian Act and provincial gaming laws
Smithers v. The Queen [1978] 1 S.C.R. 506 May 17, 1977 criminal causation test
Capital Cities Communications Inc. v. CRTC [1978] 2 S.C.R. 141 November 30, 1977 federal works and undertakings
Attorney General of Quebec v. Kellogg's Co. of Canada [1978] 2 S.C.R. 211 freedom of expression
Nova Scotia Board of Censors v. McNeil [1978] 2 S.C.R. 662 January 19, 1978 federalism; provincial power to censor
Canada (Attorney General) v. City of Montreal [1978] 2 S.C.R. 770
Reference Re Agricultural Products Marketing Act [1978] 2 S.C.R. 1198
R. v. City of Sault Ste. Marie [1978] 2 S.C.R. 1299 May 1, 1978 strict liability offences
Arnold v. Teno [1978] 2 S.C.R. 287 January 19, 1978 duty of care; unforeseeable plaintiff
Bliss v. Canada (Attorney General) [1979] 1 S.C.R. 183 October 31, 1978 Canadian Bill of Rights
R. v. Hauser [1979] 1 S.C.R. 984 May 1, 1979 federalism; peace, order and good government
Cherneskey v. Armadale Publishers [1979] 1 S.C.R. 1067 November 21, 1978 defamation
Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 963 v. New Brunswick Liquor Corp. [1979] 2 S.C.R. 227 judicial review
Dunlop and Sylvester v. The Queen [1979] 2 S.C.R. 881 May 31, 1979 aiding and abetting
Lewis v. The Queen [1979] 2 S.C.R. 821 June 14, 1979 Murder; motive
Quebec (Attorney General) v. Blaikie (No.1) [1979] 2 S.C.R. 1016 language rights

1980 1984

Case name Citation Date Subject
Solosky v. The Queen [1980] 1 S.C.R. 821 December 21, 1979 solicitor-client privilege
Labatt Brewing Co. v. Canada [1980] 1 S.C.R. 914 federal legislative power
Pappajohn v. The Queen [1980] 2 S.C.R. 120 May 20, 1980 rape defence
Pettkus v. Becker [1980] 2 S.C.R. 834 December 18, 1980 unjust enrichment
Reibl v. Hughes [1980] 2 S.C.R. 880 October 7, 1980 duty to disclose
R. v. Ron Engineering and Construction (Eastern) Ltd. [1981] 1 S.C.R. 111 January 27, 1981 offer and acceptance
Re Residential Tenancies Act, 1979 [1981] 1 S.C.R. 714 May 28, 1981 jurisdiction of courts
Seneca College v. Bhadauria [1981] 2 S.C.R. 181 June 22, 1981 Human rights, tort, discrimination
Patriation Reference [1981] 1 S.C.R. 753 September 28, 1981 patriation of the Constitution of Canada
Minister of Justice v. Borowski [1981] 2 S.C.R. 575 December 1, 1981 public interest standing
Ontario Human Rights Commission v. Etobicoke [1982] 1 S.C.R. 202 February 9, 1982 age discrimination
April 17, 1982 - The Constitution Act, 1982 and the accompanying Charter enter into effect
Vetrovec v. The Queen [1982] 1 S.C.R. 811 May 31, 1982 evidence
Descôteaux v. Mierzwinski [1982] 1 S.C.R. 860 June 23, 1982 privilege
Multiple Access Ltd. v. McCutcheon [1982] 2 S.C.R. 161 August 9, 1982 overlapping federal and provincial laws
Reference re Amendment to the Canadian Constitution [1982] 2 S.C.R. 793 December 6, 1982 Quebec veto
Graat v. The Queen [1982] 2 S.C.R. 819 December 21, 1982 opinion evidence
Canada Labour Relations Board v. Paul L'Anglais Inc. [1983] 1 S.C.R. 147 jurisdiction of courts
The Queen v. Saskatchewan Wheat Pool [1983] 1 S.C.R. 205 February 8, 1983 tort of breach of statutory duty
Westendorp v. The Queen [1983] 1 S.C.R. 43 January 25, 1983 division of powers
Perka v. R. [1984] 2 S.C.R. 232 October 11, 1984 defence of necessity
Re Upper Churchill Water Rights Reversion Act [1984] 1 S.C.R. 297 May 3, 1984 provincial legislative power
March 26, 1984 retirement of Chief Justice Bora Laskin

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