Clément Gascon, a justice on the Supreme Court of Canada, has been found after going missing for several hours, according to the Ottawa Police Service.
In a press release issued Wednesday shortly after 7:30 p.m., police said that Gascon, 59, was last seen the same day at 1:20 p.m. in the 300 block of Wellington St., heading south or west.
Ottawa police tweeted shortly after 9 p.m. that he was found safe and sound.
In April, Gascon announced that he would be stepping down from the federal bench “for personal and family reasons,” effective Sept. 15.
At the time Gascon, did not specify what led him to quit the bench, but called his 17-year judicial career a “privilege,” the Star’s Tonda MacCharles wrote.
“It is an immense honour to have been part of a judiciary that, by its expertise, quality, and independence, is a model in Canada and around the world. I remain profoundly grateful to all those who put their trust in me over the years,” he said in a written statement in April.
Gascon had practised civil and commercial litigation and labour law in Montreal before the federal Liberal government of Jean Chrétien appointed him as a trial judge on the Quebec Superior Court in 2002.
The Conservative government of Stephen Harper elevated Gascon to the Quebec Court of Appeal in 2012.
With files from The Canadian Press
Ilya Bañares is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow him on Twitter: @ilyaoverseas