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Convocation date: May 14, 1963
Discipline / contribution: public service
Citation / biographical information:
Eminent Vice-Chancellor: It is rare indeed that a man attains honour and renown to the highest degree in two separate careers. Such is the record of Louis Stephen St. Laurent, lawyer and statesman. Louis St. Laurent was born of French and Irish stock in the province of Quebec in 1882 and was raised speaking both French and English. Educated in the Law in Quebec, he was for a time professor at Laval. The honours of his profession came steadily upon him: King’s Counsel, batonnier general of the Quebec Bar and, from 1930 to 1932, president of the Canadian Bar Association; and then honourary life president of that Association.Degree received: Doctor of Laws
At the height of his legal career, Mr. St. Laurent was invited by Prime Minister Mackenzie King to become his chief lieutenant in Quebec, and Minister of Justice. Thus began his political career. The road led from Justice, to External Affairs and then in 1948 to the Prime Minister’s office itself. Having led Canadian delegations at the United Nations and abroad, he then presided over the completion of Confederation at home with the entry of Newfoundland into Canada, a Canada which under Mr. St. Laurent ceased be called a Dominion. Under his leadership, the Supreme Court of Canada became the highest court for the land; and the first native Canadian became Governor-General. Under his leadership a prosperous Canada seemed united. In his birth and throughout his work he has symbolized the great Canadian hope of a united Canada proud of its dual heritage.
Eminent Vice-Chancellor, on behalf of the Council and Senate, I present t you the Right Honourable Louis Stephen St. Laurent and ask that you confer on him the Degree of Doctor of Civil Law honoris causa:
Degree presented by: Otto Lang, Dean of Law
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