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Judicial council dismisses conflict of interest complaints against judges who attended firm-sponsored receptions

Friday, July 21, 2017 @ 7:13 AM | By Cristin Schmitz

The Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) has dismissed conflict of interest allegations against two federal judges who attended cocktail receptions paid for by firms with involvement in tax litigation.

Norman Sabourin, CJC executive director and general counsel The council also rejected a conflict complaint against Tax Court Chief Justice Eugene Rossiter who defended his judges’ practice of attending educational conferences, which include tax industry-sponsored social gatherings, as a legitimate way to interact with the public and the tax industry.

“We will have coffee and we will have pizza...