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Chief Justice Wagner calls for judicial discipline reforms as Ottawa drags heels on removing sidelined judge

Friday, June 22, 2018 @ 6:19 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

Canada’s top judge has called on the Trudeau government to enact reforms to reduce the persistent lengthy delays and high costs of the federal judicial discipline process.

Chief Justice Richard WagnerIn so doing, Chief Justice of Canada Richard Wagner acknowledged that Ottawa’s failure for four months to address the Canadian Judicial Council’s recommended removal from the bench of Quebec Superior Court Justice Michel Girouard is “not satisfactory” for the administration of justice in the Abitibi-Rouyn-Noranda-Témiscamingue region — where the embattled trial judge has been barred from...