Top court’s review into Constitution allegations unacceptable: Quebec


MONTREAL – Quebec’s deputy premier says he’s not satisfied with an investigation into allegations that some the Supreme Court of Canada justices intervened in the patriation of the Constitution.

Canada’s top court announced on Friday that it had completed a review of its records and found no documents related to the allegations.

The court launched the review after the recent publication of a book that alleges two of its former justices interfered in the political process and engaged in backroom discussions.

Francois Gendron, the Parti Quebecois’ deputy premier, says the allegations are very serious and the court’s decision to end the review is unacceptable.

Gendron says he’s convinced there is truth to the story and says the Quebec government is looking at other options to get to the bottom of it.

For the moment, Gendron says the Quebec government has ruled out legal action to find out more.

“We will do everything we can, in other ways, to take this (investigation) further,” Gendron said Saturday.

The controversy stems from a new book “La bataille de Londres,” by historian and journalist Frederic Bastien.

In the book, Bastien writes that Bora Laskin, then chief justice of the Supreme Court, provided information to the Canadian and British governments on the discussions between the justices about the legality of repatriation.

Bastien based that account on British government documents he got under the United Kingdom’s freedom-of-information laws. He also claims another high court judge, Willard Estey, also secretly advised the British government in 1980 that the Supreme Court would address the issue.

Bastien suggests that both jurists violated the principle of separation of executive and judicial powers.

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Top court’s review into Constitution allegations unacceptable: Quebec

  1. Typical. The PQ didn’t get the result it wanted, so they’re claiming that not enough was done. (“It didn’t go my way, so I’m going to find another way to get my way.”) And the PQ wonders why the rest of Canada looks down on them, often with ridicule? I have a high respect for people from and in Quebec, but even they often agree that their government is… um… (no, I don’t think this magazine will print those comments/opinions) …yes, THAT bad.

  2. I see the Canadian Press decided to airbrush Tom Mulcair’s inflammatory accusation that the Supreme Court of Canada is involved in a coverup right out of the story.

    Remember how much trouble Harper got into when he insinuated the courts were a partisan, left-leaning check on his power?

    Nice job Canadian Press! Way to enforce a common standard!

  3. Quebec the spoiled child of Confederation wants more from the rest of Canada.
    Harper for the most part pays not attention to them.
    This is the correct thing to do with spoiled children.
    All we need now is another Trudeau from Quebec to give them more.

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