Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sexual assault in the Canadian Armed Forces: a flawed mandate

Fraser Martin, a retired judge of the Superior Court of Québec, has this hard-hitting op-ed in the Montreal Gazette.
"[B]y excluding any conduct of the military police that might be the subject of a complaint under the National Defence Act, or any matter related to the Judge Advocate General in respect of his superintendence of the administration of military justice, the government and the military hierarchy effectively insulated from criticism the very authorities that since the spring of 2014 could have immediately applied the necessary corrective measures. [Retired Supreme Court Justice Marie] Deschamps, in short, was dealt a mandate that had been thoroughly emasculated. Given its limitations, it is a mandate that she should have declined."

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