Marie-Claire Kirkland

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Marie-Claire Kirkland was born back in 1924 in Palmer, Massachusetts to Charles and Rose.  I didn’t find much of her childhood.  So, let’s cut to the chase.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1947, her Bachelor of Civil Law in 1950 from McGill University. 

She became a judge in 1973, retiring in 1991.  She died in 2016, she was 91.

What you may not know about Marie-Claire Kirkland-Casgrain is that she was the first woman elected to the Legislative Assembly of Quebec, the first woman appointed a Cabinet minister in Quebec, the first woman appointed acting premier and the first woman judge to serve in the Quebec Provincial Court.

I know this one is short, however sometimes I can’t find more to make it interesting.

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Comments (21)

Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray -  a string of accompishments.  Quebec is a beautiful province too.

Feb 18, 2021 03:39 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story. Take care, be safe and have a great day.

Feb 18, 2021 04:00 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Interesting how an American woman ended up a judge in Canada. I guess she attended McGill University and liked it there.

Feb 18, 2021 04:11 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

She changed the rules and laws for women in Quebec.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 18, 2021 04:27 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

It sounds like she was a woman that was driven and definitely achieved the kind of success that she wanted.

Feb 18, 2021 04:56 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

As marti garaughty would say, she was one sharp cookie. And that's the truth James Dray .

Feb 18, 2021 05:00 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. As Bob "RealMan" Timm indicated, she was one sharp cookie. Short and sweet. Enjoy your day.

Feb 18, 2021 05:17 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi James Dray 
There are more questions, aren't there. Since she was born in Massachusetts and attended university in Quebec, I wonder if she was required to become a Canadian citizen in order to be a judge there.  My husband was born in Canada and was required to become a U.S. citizen to work for the federal government in the U.S.  He maintained dual citizen ship throughout his life.

Feb 18, 2021 05:34 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Retired Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James - I'm curious how she ended up in Canada!! 

Feb 18, 2021 05:54 AM
James Dray

Not a clue, 

Feb 20, 2021 12:08 AM
Ray Henson
eXp Realty of California, Inc. (lic. #01878277) - Elk Grove, CA

It was short, but sweet.  Thank you for highlighting Mrs. Kirkland.  She led an eventful life.

Feb 18, 2021 06:13 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James Dray thank you for another interesting biography to share with us today.

Feb 18, 2021 06:32 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - my level of knowledge of the background of United States judges is rather limited, so you might be able to guess what that awareness is of those who sit in Canada.  

Feb 18, 2021 06:38 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


It does not matter how short or long your posts are, they are always interesting and I look forward to being educated by them daily.  A

Feb 18, 2021 07:34 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

She had lots of admirable firsts in your "short" post!

Feb 18, 2021 09:00 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James and short but to the point on this person that you are sharing with us.  Make it a great day!


Feb 18, 2021 09:03 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

It is always an amazing accomplishment for those who go first (even if the write up was short)  :)

Feb 18, 2021 11:40 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

I was certainly not aware of Marie-Claire Kirkland-Casgrain historic climb and Quebec. Like I've told you before I enjoy learning something new everyday James Dray 

Feb 18, 2021 06:08 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi James,  Thank you for sharing another first in history.  Marie-Claire Kirkland-Casgrain was a very impressive woman.

Feb 18, 2021 07:43 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Great trivia, makes me wonder why would someone born in MA go to Canada?:)) Endre

Feb 18, 2021 08:59 PM
James Dray

Not a clue sir, not a clue

Feb 20, 2021 12:09 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Marie-Claire Kirkland was not just a breaker of a glass ceiling. She shattered multiple glass ceilings and left a fabulous legacy for other women to follow in her path.

Sep 05, 2021 03:58 PM