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Military rights to be affected by prorogation

By Joshua Juneau and Michel Drapeau       

Disappointingly, Bill C-77 never made it through second reading, and when Parliament prorogues, as is expected, Bill C-77 too will die. Strike two.

Members of the Operation Presence Mali Force Protection, pictured on July 17, 2018, in Gao, Mali. In some respects, members of the Canadian Armed Forces have less rights under the Constitution and Canadian law than tourists, refugees, or convicted criminals in prison, write Joshua Juneau and Michel Drapeau. Photograph courtesy of DND
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OTTAWA—In some respects, members of the Canadian Armed Forces have less rights under the Constitution and Canadian law than tourists, refugees, or convicted criminals in prison. It is demonstrable that our soldiers who swore an oath to protect Canada and its values, do not have the same rights that they fight to protect, and this is wrong. For evidence of this, we need to look no further than (a) the summary trial process; and (b) the Canadian Victims

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