Having exhausted his remedies to avoid his dismissal, Judge Michel Girouard has retired, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, David Lametti, announced Thursday.
Earlier today, the Supreme Court closed the door on Judge Girouard by refusing to hear his appeal. Faced with this decision, the magistrate left his post at the Superior Court of Quebec, a decision in effect as of now.
“This is the last act in a saga that has lasted too long, which has violated the rights of access to justice for litigants and which has cost Canadians millions of dollars,” the president responded by email. of the Judicial Council, Richard Wagner.
Suspected of having bought cocaine in Abitibi before his appointment, in 2010, the judge stepped up legal proceedings to avoid his dismissal recommended by the Canadian Judicial Council, which looked into this case in 2012.
“The long, costly and sometimes frustrating process that ended today demonstrates the need to reform the disciplinary process of the judiciary,” said the Minister of Justice in a press release.
“Our government is developing proposals so that the disciplinary process leads to final decisions in a fair and rapid manner and at a reasonable cost for the public treasury, while respecting the requirements of judicial independence,” he said. he adds.
A reform project also supported by the president of the Judicial Council.
“As the Minister of Justice said today, ‘Canadians deserve better’,” said Wagner.
Judge Girouard, who had acceded to the bench in 2010, found himself in hot water following a vast investigation into cocaine trafficking in Abitibi.
In the investigation report of the Sûreté du Québec, it was indicated that Mr. Girouard, then a lawyer, would have bought an “illicit substance” from the owner of a video store.