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Ottawa delays removing, replacing sidelined judge as taxpayers continue to foot massive litigation costs

Friday, May 25, 2018 @ 10:53 AM | By Cristin Schmitz

More than three months after the Canadian Judicial Council (CJC) found Justice Michel Girouard lacked the integrity to remain on the bench — the Trudeau government has yet to take the necessary steps to fire the Quebec Superior Court judge who had been accused of taking cocaine before he joined the bench in 2010.

Meanwhile, the administration of justice continues to suffer in Quebec’s Abitibi-Rouyn-Noranda-Témiscamingue region where Justice Girouard, one of only two full-time judges assigned there, has been pulled from sitting for much of the...