Friday, 1 April 2011

No. 4: Government withholds incriminating evidence of human rights violations - suspends parliament to avoid issue

When a foreign service officer blew the whistle on the Canadian military handing over detainees to Afghan security forces, in likely violation of international humanitarian law, the government tried to destroy him and refused to give documents to a parliamentary inquiry. The Speaker reminded the government parliament controlled cabinet, not the other way round.

After the last elections, when the opposition parties were close to agreement on a coalition majority government, rather than face the house in a vote of confidence, Harper talked the governor-general into shuttering parliament for a month until he shored up his own support.



http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/story/2010/04/27/afghan-detainee-documents-speaker-milliken-privilege-ruling.html

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/story/2009/12/30/parliament-prorogation-harper.html