A Brampton judge has been cleared of judicial misconduct over his involvement with an advocacy group for Black Canadians. Justice McLeod is a founder of the Federation of Black Canadians, and formerly served as chair of its interim steering committee. He testified at his discipline hearing that his meetings involving federation board members and politicians, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, were primarily educational, and dealt with issues such as mental health supports and the over-incarceration of Black Canadians. “Justice McLeod’s work as a judge and his community activities, including his educational activities, help increase public confidence in the justice system among all Ontarians,” the four-person panel, chaired by Court of Appeal Justice Robert Sharpe, said in a decision released Thursday.
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