“It may seem paradoxical to conclude that there was no drug transaction (at least on the balance of probabilities), but that Justice Girouard misled the Committee,” said Federal Court of Appeal Justice Yves de Montigny.
Alleged misconduct of a Quebec Superior judge should lead to two independent inquiries to examine the two sets of allegations against him, assert experts.
The Canadian Judicial Council has dismissed allegations of conflicts by three judges who attended privately sponsored receptions or conferences.
The three judges, all of whom hear tax cases, landed in hot water after the CBC and Radio-Canada reported that they had attended social events at an International Fiscal Association Conference in Madrid in September 2016. The conference was approved by the CJC as a continuing education opportunity for judges involved in tax law matters.