John Gomery, Judge Who Led Inquiry Exposing Quebec Sponsorship Scandal, Dies at 88

May 19, 2021 Updated: May 19, 2021

MONTREAL—John Gomery, the judge who led a public inquiry into a scandal that led to the defeat of the Liberals in the 2006 federal election, has died at age 88.

His daughter confirmed his death to The Canadian Press today.

Gomery was a Quebec Superior Court justice when he was named to head an inquiry into the federal sponsorship scandal in 2004.

The revelations of kickbacks and illegal fundraising ultimately helped lead to the defeat of the once−dominant Liberal government.

Gomery studied law at McGill University and worked in private practice in Montreal before being named a judge in 1982.

He retired to his farm southwest of Montreal after leaving the bench in 2007, but he remained active in public life.