Jurisdiction: Building Confidence in a Borderless Medium
July 26-27, 1999
Roger Tassé, O.C., Q.C.
Gowling Strathy and Henderson
Member of the Quebec Bar (1956), Ontario Bar (1986), Federal Q.C. (1971)
and Officer of the Order of Canada (1981)
Former Deputy Solicitor General of Canada (1972-1977) and Deputy Minister
of Justice and Deputy Attorney General of Canada (1977-1985).
Served as Principal Constitutional Advisor to the Government of Canada at
the time of the 1980 Referendum on Quebec Sovereignty and the
federal/provincial negotiations that took place thereafter that led to the
adoption of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Left the Public Service in 1985 to practice law in Ottawa.
Served as principal policy advisor to the Chief Negotiator in the
Canada-France Dispute on Maritime Boundaries between Canada and St-Pierre et
Acted as Principal Constitutional Advisor to the Government of Canada in
the development and negotiations of the Meech Lake Accord of 1987 and the
negotiations that followed until 1990.
Left private practice to become Executive Vice-President (Legal and
Environmental Affairs) at Bell Canada (1988). In that capacity had lead
responsibility for advising Bell with respect to matters such as federal
telecommunications legislation, long-distance competition, constitutional
issues regarding telecommunications, privacy legislation, etc.
Authored a chapter of the Second Edition of the Canadian Charter of
Rights and Freedoms (1989), Beaudoin and Rathusny on the Application of
Returned to private practice in 1992.
Served as a member of the Federal Government Citizens' Forum on the
Future of Canada (1991-1992).
Acted as Principal Constitutional Advisor to the Joint Committee of the
Senate and the House of Commons on the Future of Canada (1992).
Served as Chief Canadian Negotiator on dispute between Canada and France
on the sharing of fisheries between the two countries following the decision
of the International Arbitration Tribunal on the boundary issue between
Newfoundland and St-Pierre et Miquelon (1992).
Acted as Principal Constitutional Advisor and Negotiator to the
Government of Canada in matters relating to the division of powers between
the federal and provincial governments in the negotiations leading to the
Charlottetown Accord (1992).
Served as Co-chair of the Federal Task Force on the Financing of Canadian
Served as a member of the Federal Review Panel on Direct-to-Home
Satellite Broadcasting Services (1995).
Commissioned by Revenue Canada (Customs & Excise) to study and Report
on the Powers of Customs Officers at the Border to Enforce Canadian Criminal
Commissioned by Revenue Canada (Customs & Excise) to review and
Report on the Departmental Administrative Processes for the Handling of
Pornographic Material Seeking Entry in Canada (1995).
Co-authored "Canada: Finding the Middle Ground" (1995), a
discussion on issues of governance and the unity of Canada.
Co-authored a chapter of the Third Edition of the Canadian Charter of
Rights and Freedoms (Beaudoin & Mendes, 1996).
Served as member of the Advisory Committee of the Minister of National
Revenue on the Impact of Electronic Commerce on Tax Policy and
Co-author of Reports to Industry Canada on Consumer Rights in Canada in
the Context of Electronic Commerce (1998) and Electronic Commerce and the
Competition Act (1999).
Currently practised law with Gowling, Strathy & Henderson in Ottawa.