WINNIPEG — A star litigation lawyer from Québec has been appointed the new independent counsel for the Lori Douglas inquiry.
Suzanne Côté, the head of litigation at the Montreal offices of the law firm Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt, replaces Ottawa lawyer Guy Pratte, who quit last month.
Côté is a commercial litigation specialist but has also done a lot of work in the area of judicial reviews. She became well known in Québec in part as the lawyer representing the Québec government in a commission investigating whether there was political interference in the appointment of Quebec judges.
The inquiry will decide whether Douglas should remain on the bench after allegations were made public she and her husband, Jack King, together sexually harassed Alex Chapman, one of King’s former clients, then paid him to keep quiet.
Douglas denies any wrongdoing
The inquiry has been on hold since July 26 because both Pratte and Douglas’s lawyer filed separate motions in federal court about it.
Pratte resigned just days after he filed the motion.
There is no date yet for the inquiry to resume.
» Winnipeg Free Press
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 28, 2012