Justice prevails in security cases (Toronto Star editorial)

posted on September 30, 2009 | in Category Security Certificates | PermaLink

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Source: The Toronto Star
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Date: September 30, 2009

Is Canada's ability to fight terror being hobbled by Federal Court judges who are making it hard for officials to keep foreign suspects in detention indefinitely, or on a tight leash?

Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan worries that may indeed be the case. "It raises questions about whether we can protect national security and I can tell you I am concerned," he told Canwest News Service this week. "I spend a fair bit of time thinking about it."

Van Loan's remarks came in the wake of judicial blows last week to Canada's controversial "national security certificate" regime – the law that allows Ottawa to hold foreign terror suspects in preventive detention indefinitely, or under close watch, until they can be deported.

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