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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…
OTTAWA—The Canadian Armed Forces are excellent at many things, but tropical medicine is definitely not one of them. For months now, over the rising howls of veterans and scientists, the CF has obstinately refused to…
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 Michel Drapeau
OTTAWA—Suicide is a most troubling occurrence, particularly when it occurs in a rather affluent and abounding setting such as the Royal Military College (RMC), which is situated in an idyllic national historic site on the…
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…
Opinion|By Michel Drapeau
The Access to Information regime is currently on slow descent to irrelevance. Increasingly, it is almost impossible to obtain access to substantive information in records about the federal government, particularly within statutory delays. When disclosure…
OTTAWA—Military summary trials are ancient, outdated, and unfair—and they are insulated from judicial scrutiny.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…
OTTAWA—In 2014, the national media was awash with reports of sexual misconduct and harassment in the military, fuelled, in large part, by a front-cover exposé published in L’Actualité and Maclean’s magazines. Concerns about inappropriate sexual conduct in the Canadian Armed…
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