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Honourable John H. Gomery

Former Superior Court of Quebec Judge
and Public Inquiry Commissioner

Honourable John H. Gomery <br> Former Superior Court of Quebec Judge and Public Inquiry Commissioner

John Gomery graduated from McGill University with a BA in 1953 and a BCL in 1956.

Admitted to the Bar of Quebec in 1957, he started practicing law with the firm now known as Fasken Martineau, becoming partner in 1966. Named Queen’s Counsel in 1972, he was then appointed to the Superior Court of Quebec in 1982.

During his career, Justice Gomery has also served as President of the Copyright Board of Canada, the Comité général des Juges de la Cour Supérieure du Québec and the Family Law Committee. He has been involved with the Canadian Bar Association and the Chambre des Notaires du Québec. He was also formerly the Chairman of the McGill Friends of the Library, who co-presented his 2013 talk.

In 2004, he was appointed head of the Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program and Advertising Activities of the Government of Canada. Gomery’s report was instrumental to the RCMP in laying charges against many of the persons involved.

The proceedings of ‘the Gomery Commission,’ as it became known, fascinated the country, not least because, as Bernard St. Laurent remarked during the recent McGill event, Judge Gomery expressed an indignation that endeared him to the Canadian public—“that’s the same way people felt.” In 2005, he was named ‘Newsmaker of the Year’ by the Canadian Press and ‘Canadian Newsmaker of the Year’ by Time Magazine in the US.

Justice Gomery retired from the Superior Court in 2007, upon hitting the mandatory age of retirement. On paper, he has settled into a quiet country life on his century farm, southwest of Montreal, where he raises award-winning leeks, turkeys, chickens and beef. But the real story is not quite so simple: Gomery has taken on many fresh battles during his ‘retirement.’ In 2009, he served as the honourary chairman of fundraising for Projet Montreal and, in 2010, he was elected President of the Quebec Press Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection of the freedom of the press and to the defense of the right of the public to quality reporting.

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