Meanwhile, at the Federal Court

by Aaron Wherry

A government appeal to limit the scope of an investigation by the Military Police Complaints Commission has been rejected.

A Federal Court has dismissed an application that would, among other things, strike the testimony of diplomat-whistleblower Richard Colvin and block thousands of pages of documents from being used by the Military Police Complaints Commission…

Justice Department lawyers argued the commission had no authority to call witnesses who were not members of the military, such as Colvin, who said he repeatedly warned both Foreign Affairs and the Defence Department about possible prison abuse … The government also claimed that the watchdog, created in the aftermath of the Somalia scandal to monitor the conduct of military police, exceeded its mandate by issuing summonses for documents.




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Meanwhile, at the Federal Court

  1. Yay the Federal Court!

    ‘Information wants to be free’

  2. I wonder how much it must have sucked to be working as a government lawyer when the CPC first got elected. You know there’s little ahead for your career but a string of losing cases.

  3. Doesn’t it seem absurd that someone could ask of a process based on gathering evidence, that they shouldn’t gather evidence?

  4. Given how frequently the SCC overrules the Federal Court, I wouldn’t be too worried if I were the feds.  On the other hand, if I were Harper, in the future I think I’d be less inclined to go to bat and defend decisions of Chretien and Martin.

  5. Time to find yet another commission head methinks – this one didn’t turn out to be as compliant as the Harperites had hoped.

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