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

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…
Opinion|By Joshua Juneau
After seven years serving as Canada’s judge advocate general (JAG), Maj.-Gen. Blaise Cathcart is scheduled to retire next month—a year before the end of his mandate. In preparation for his retirement, Cathcart is speaking to…
Opinion|By Joshua Juneau
OTTAWA—With disturbing regularity, criminal review boards are granting absolute discharges to some of Canada’s most heinous criminals on grounds that they cannot be held “responsible” for their actions. The confidence that these boards seemingly have…
OTTAWA—Members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) serve the Crown at the pleasure of and are accountable to Canadians as their representatives, at home and abroad. History has shown that when the CAF is shielded…
Opinion|By Joshua Juneau
OTTAWA—In November 2015, the federal Liberals were elected on a platform of change, and a campaign slogan of “real change for veterans." On the veterans file, 2016 has seen dramatic change, with many new stakeholders…
OTTAWA—Last week, after a 38-year career in the Canadian Army, Lieut.-Gen. Guy Thibault, who was the then vice-chief of defence staff, used his last speech in uniform to suggest that the Canadian Forces should be…
OTTAWA—Military summary trials are ancient, outdated, and unfair—and they are insulated from judicial scrutiny. Immediate reform is necessary to this system of “justice," not only to strengthen our military justice system, but to bring it…
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