Multicultural Must Read: Questions for Federation of Black Canadians comittee leader
"Judging Justice Donald McLeod's Intentions"
The twice-monthly Caribbean Montreal Community Contact reports:
Judge McLeod was central to a number of outreach initiatives towards politicians, including meeting with Prime Minister Justine Trudeau to heighten awareness on issues facing Blacks across Canada, as one of the founders and interim chairperson of the Federation of Black Canadians (FBC) committee. His efforts landed him in front of the Ontario Judicial Council, the body that investigates and disciplines provincial court judges, following a complaint that he “failed to uphold the integrity, impartiality and independence of the judiciary when he communicated with, and met with politicians on behalf of FBC, and inappropriately used the power and prestige of his judicial office to advance the interests of the FBC and lent the prestige of the judicial office to FBC fundraising.” The hearings got underway on November 30 and the panel will seek to determine if Judge McLeod’s intentions in his advocacy role were to educate politicians and policy makers on the conditions that confront Blacks, or to lobby for resources on behalf of his group.
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