This is a case of déjà vu all over again.
When Bernard Amyot resigned as the lead counsel of a public inquiry that will shortly be investigating surveillance of journalists by Quebec police, it marked the third time in seven years that a lawyer who sought to make a mark in public affairs had his hopes dashed.
Companies that have been barred from bidding on public contracts stand little chance of obtaining injunctive relief that would temporarily suspend a new law aimed at curbing corruption in the construction industry, following a closely-watched ruling by Quebec Superior Court.
The professional corporations overseeing lawyers and engineers declared recently that they now intend to get even tougher on crooked professionals.
Testimony provided by witnesses before public inquiries can be used in civil proceedings.
More fallout from the Bastarache report. Hydro-Quebec signed a $125-million agreement in principle with Quebec Innu
Now all but forgotten is the price paid by a respected lawyer who was caught in the circus atmosphere of the Bastarache commission.
Now that the Bastarache Commission’s 290-page report on Quebec’s judicial nomination system has been published, political spinning is in full grind.
News roundup for Tuesday, January 18, 2011.
Public inquiries, a staple of the Canadian legal and political landscape, remains unchartered ground for most lawyers even though more than 1,500 of them have been launched since Confederation.
Quebec’s system of nominating judges should bolster disclosure requirements while constraining the discretionary powers of the Minister of Justice.
The sworn testimony of witnesses who testify during public inquiries cannot be used against them in criminal proceedings, but may in civil proceedings.