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Military rights to be affected by prorogation

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.
Bill C-77 will make the change the way the military system deals with victims and the accused.
Opinion|By Joshua Juneau
The Langridge case brought a national spotlight onto the Department of National Defence and resulted in significant change to how military families are treated following the death Stuart Langridge. Through public hearings in 2012 before the Military Police Complaints Commission, shortcomings in military policing were better understood, leading to improvement to military police practices and communications with military families. Disappointingly, the Fynes are still seeking closure.
•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.
Opinion|By Joshua Juneau
Before the Senate's National Defence Committee moves on to the latest review of the Canadian Forces justice system, which is due to be tabled later this year, perhaps the committee should dust off the previous bill—Bill C-15—and ensure that all provisions are fully in force. Surely even Cathcart would agree that such an approach would not be 'dumb as dirt.'
Opinion|By Joshua Juneau
The minister of Justice and attorney general of Canada should launch an inquiry, including broad consultations, into understanding the impact that these paroles are having on public confidence in the legal system and the wisdom of allowing psychiatry to direct our legal system in this way.
The removal of Mark Norman from command and waning public confidence in the CAF provides an opportunity for this government to recapture its rightful control over the CAF.
Opinion|By Joshua Juneau
The Trudeau Liberals are committed to shifting the strategy to, now more than ever, stoke fresh dialogue and work with interested stakeholders to better serve our veterans. The days of small, opaque, and angry veteran stakeholder meetings appears to be over.
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The Canadian military should embrace third-party oversight as an opportunity to learn and to improve.
Military summary trials are ancient, outdated, and unfair—and they are insulated from judicial scrutiny.

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