Bertrand, Suzanne and the Yukon Change of Name Act

On May 14, 1985, the Yukon Supreme Court struck down a section of the Change of Name Act which denied married women the right to change their surnames. On April 17, 1985, the same day that Section 15 was enacted and LEAF incorporated, Suzanne Bertrand launched a challenge against the Change of Name Act to allow her to change her surname from her married name to her birth name.

The application to the Yukon Supreme Court to change her name and to strike down the archaic provision as invalid in light of the Charter was unopposed by the Yukon Government.

This was the first case LEAF ever sponsored.