Home Page News Opinion Foreign Policy Politics Policy Legislation Lobbying Hill Life & People Hill Climbers Heard On The Hill Calendar Archives Classifieds
Hill Times Events Hill Times Books Hill Times Careers The Wire Report The Lobby Monitor Parliament Now
Subscribe Free Trial Reuse & Permissions Advertising
Log In
Global

Time for Parliament to legislate control over Canada’s military criminal justice system

By Joshua Juneau, Michel Drapeau      

•The interim report on the court martial comprehensive review does not instil confidence that the military justice system is working, and this should bring tremendous concern, and a sense of urgency, to Parliament that significant reform is required. •It is the duty of our Parliament and the minister of justice to be vigilant and not allow our military to operate in a vacuum. Former French prime minister Georges Clemenceau once famously quipped: 'War is too important a matter to be left to the military.' Perhaps there is a conventional wisdom to this statement, and military justice, accordingly, is also to important a matter to be left to the military.

Canada’s Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould is also ‘absent in office’ on the military justice file, write Michel Drapeau and Joshua Juneau. Yet, Sec. 4 of the Department of Justice Act gives the minister responsibility as superintendent over 'all matters connected with the administration of justice in Canada,' including the military justice system. The Hill Times file photograph
Share a story
The story link will be added automatically.

OTTAWA—The cornerstone of Canada’s constitutional democracy is the separation of government powers. As the artisans of law and with a complete oversight duty over the executive, the legislature arguably wields the greatest power. If there is public demand for a policy shift, it is the legislature that exercises control over the executive to ensure that the public interest is maintained. This includes control over all government departments, including the Canadian Armed Forces. Despite its oversight duty, Canada’s legislature

This is an exclusive subscriber-only story by The Hill Times.
If you’d like to read the full article:

Subscribe Today

Already a Hill Times subscriber? Sign in here:

Check to see if you have corporate access:

Reuse and Permissions:

Unauthorized distribution, transmission, reuse or republication of any and all content is strictly prohibited. To discuss re-use of this material, please contact:

Chris Rivoire, Director of Reader Sales and Services
613-288-1146 | circulation@hilltimes.com

More in News

Cannabis confusion ‘nature of the beast’ as 95-year ban ends, but it’s ‘time to pull the trigger,’ say experts, politicos

The Liberals are spending $100-million over six years on public awareness campaigns, which most insiders say are a good start but opposition MPs slam as a ‘failure.’

Canada needs Saudi Arabia ‘whether we like it or not,’ says booted Canadian envoy

Individual human rights cases ‘can’t be the driver of international policy,’ says Dennis Horak, who was Canada's ambassador to the Middle Eastern power before being expelled in August after what he called an 'ill-advised

Elections debate commissioner coming before 2019 election, but not through legislation: Minister Gould

Time has run out for legislation to set up the promised independent commissioner to run leaders’ debates, says Karina Gould, who will rely on recommendations made by a House committee in the spring.

Labyrinthine federal procurement system too complex: watchdog

News|By Emily Haws
Long processes, problematic procurement tools, and security clearances were noted as the top complaints of both federal officials and suppliers in the last year.

Public service staffing survey results show management ‘out of touch,’ says NDP MP Daniel Blaikie

News|By Emily Haws
The ‘perception versus the reality seems to be a little out of whack,’ says Public Service Commission president Patrick Borbey.

Steel town MPs, industry reps, cool to idea of quota-for-tariff exemption for U.S. metal duties

News|By Jolson Lim
Algoma Steel told the House International Trade Committee that it would support certain quotas in exchange for a duty exemption, something U.S. president Donald Trump hinted as a solution to ending the trade spat.

Former Hill staffer Wernick wants MPs to sign pledge to bring about ‘a long-term culture change’ on the Hill

News|By Abbas Rana
MPs offer mixed reaction to Paul Wernick’s ideas and are expressing concerns that following some elements of the pledge would violate the privacy of their staff.

Experts, critics urge feds to ‘ratchet up’ climate change efforts, seize the political leadership, after ‘landmark’ UN report

‘Staying the course when it’s the wrong course is not leadership,’ said Green Party Leader Elizabeth May of the Liberal government’s response to a recent UN report on the impacts of climate change.

Great expectations, and racism, but immense pride and learning: Asian-Canadian MPs share their experiences

News|By Jolson Lim
For some Asian-Canadian MPs, being elected to Ottawa comes with expectations. But they say the job brings them much pride and an opportunity to learn about their community.
Your group subscription includes premium access to Politics This Morning briefing.