In March 2005, the Government retained Me Sylvain Lussier's services to manage the civil litigation filed before the Quebec Superior Court to recover the funds associated with the Sponsorship Program. A team of lawyers from the Department of Justice is assisting him.
This arrangement capitalized on Me Lussier's experience as the lead Crown Counsel representing the federal government before the Gomery Commission. To ensure a smooth transition to transfer the information and the related files, the Government of Canada (GoC) continued to work with Mr. Gauthier, the Special Counsel for Financial Recovery, until April 22, 2005.
Me Lussier has been mandated to:
All new evidence presented or emerging from the Gomery Commission and/or other investigations will be assessed and reviewed carefully by Me Lussier and his team to determine if additional claims and/or names should be added to the Statement of Claim.