« I believe that we have the best justice system in the world. I only hope that as many people as possible can make the most of it. »
The 2002 Prix de la justice has been awarded to Me Claude Masse for his commitment to making the justice system more democratic. Me Masse has spent most of his career practising consumer law. In 1975, as a young lawyer, he set up the Centre de recherche en droit de la consommation at the Université de Montréal.
Another important contribution was the drafting the Consumer Protection Act. Me Masse was also involved in setting up the first legal clinic in Québec and has played a very active role in defending the victims of ecological catastrophes such as the Saint-Basile-le-Grand and Saint-Amable fires and the Saguenay flood.
The Minister of Justice, Paul Bégin, presenting the 2002 Prix de la justice medal to Claude Masse.