“It is an ancient and venerable principle that no person shall lose his or her liberty without due process according to the law, which must involve a meaningful judicial process.”
Chief Justice Beverly McLachlin
The highest court in our country gave the back of its hand to the panic-driven decision to toss out all civil rights in the wake of 9/11.
this dark chapter in our history, driven by Islamophobia, has ended for the time being. Parliament has a year to get real and come up with a reasonable facsimile of a law which steers a mid course between paranoia, the sycophantic desire to please the USA and basic human rights enshrined in the Constitution and the long history of Habeas Corpus–show us da proof! What is your evidence? Release him or charge him!
“Security certificates” or secret material without a challenge to it as Chief Justice McLachlin said in the court’s unanimous decision is not worth much. “The procedures required to conform to the principles of fundamental justice must reflect the exigencies of the security context” McLachlin stated. They have not.
The whole thing stinks and it will be interesting to see if this USA adulating government will abolish the whole mess of “security certificates.” Do not hold your breath if Stockwell Day is the minister in charge. The evangelical Day is part of the whole phenomenon of Christian fundamentalists who do not give much time to Muslims.All of those under security certificates are Muslims.
Richard Cizik,vice -president of the National association of Evangelicals told the New York Times “Evangelicals have substituted Islam for the Soviet Union.The Muslims have become thew modern day equivalent of the Evil Empire.”shocking comments by Jerry Falwell, Pat Roberson,Billy Graham’s son, Franklin and former Southern Baptist leader Jerry Vines confirms this. The latter’s remarks were beyond the pale.”Christianity was founded by the virgin- born Jesus Christ. Islam was founded by Mohammed, a demon-possessed pedophile who had 12 wives.”This animus against Muslims is not to be underestimated . The Canadian public thankfully is way ahead of these others.
The Muslim community in Canada is absolutely fed up with the Harperites ever since Harper appeared during the Lebanon crisis holding up the Israeli flag! so much for a Prime Minister representing the Canadian people and not some foreign government. he has steadfastly rewfused to meet with Muslim spokespeople since then.
It will be interesting to watch the next 6 months unfold under this government.