Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada announces a judicial appointment in the province of Alberta

December 20, 2021 – Ottawa, Ontario
Department of Justice Canada

The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, today announced the following appointment under the judicial application process established in 2016. This process emphasizes transparency, merit, and the diversity of the Canadian population, and will continue to ensure the appointment of jurists who meet the highest standards of excellence and integrity.

Michel H. Bourque, a sole practitioner in Calgary, is appointed a Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta. Justice Bourque replaces Justice A. Kirker (Calgary), who was elevated to the Court of Appeal of Alberta effective August 4, 2021. 


 “I wish Justice Bourque every success as he takes on his new role. I am confident he will serve the people of Alberta well as a member of the Court of Queen’s Bench.”

The Honorable David Lametti
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada


Justice Michel H. Bourque was born and raised in Moncton, New Brunswick.  He holds an undergraduate degree in finance (1993) and an LL.B. (1996), both from the Université de Moncton. He also received an LL.M. in taxation from Osgoode Hall Law School (2009).    

Fluently bilingual, Justice Bourque first clerked for former Chief Justice of New Brunswick W.L. Hoyt and then for Justice Gerald J. Rip of the Tax Court of Canada. As counsel, he has focused on tax litigation since 1998, practising in several Calgary law firms and as a sole practitioner. In 2018, he was appointed general editor of Federal Income Tax Litigation in Canada, a LexisNexis Canada publication.

Justice Bourque is particularly committed to volunteer work in support of Calgary’s LGBTQ2S+ communities. From 2007 to 2010, he served on the board of the AIDS Calgary Awareness Association. Since 2011, he has been an advisor to the Calgary Chinook Fund, an endowment fund of the Calgary Foundation established to provide ongoing long-term funding of LGBTQ2S+ charities in Calgary. For the last two years, Justice Bourque has served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Centre for Sexuality, an Alberta-based not-for-profit organization that aims to normalize sexual health in Canada by providing evidence-informed, non-judgmental sexual and reproductive health programs and services.

Finally Justice Bourque recently completed four years of service as President of the Mount Royal Community Association, where he lives with his spouse, Bryan Clarke, and their dog Toby.

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