Born: November 9, 1898
Died: November 12, 1994
Place of Birth: St.Columban, Quebec
Emmett Hall is sometimes referred to as the "father" of Canada's medicare program.
His family moved from Quebec to Saskatchewan in 1910.
Hall graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1919 with a law degree.
One individual Emmett Hall had been friends with was a fellow student whose name was John Diefenbaker.
He had a successful law practice that included being a university professor for the next three decades in the province.
Hall was appointed by Diefenbaker as Chief of Saskatchewan's Court of the Queen's bench in 1957.
In 1961, Emmett Hall was made Chief Justice of Saskatchewan and a year later was appointed to Canada's Supreme Court.
He was next appointed to chair a Royal Commission that was to make recommendations concerning the health system in Canada.
In 19964, the Commission released a report simply referred to as the Hall Report.
The Hall Report became the foundation for the health services in Canada provided by the federal and provincial governments.
Emmett Hall also contributed in reports dealing with the education system in Ontario and the court system in Saskatchewan.
He was made a Companion in the Order of Canada.
For detailed research and more information, check out the following:
Agressive in Pursuit
St. Columbian - Irish
The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan
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