Unsuspecting Canadian citizens had no idea about the implications of everything that was buried deep into the Omnibus budget bill passed in the Spring of 2015, but they are soon to find out. It is doubtful that anyone realized that the bill would supersede the established rules of the land that disallows the government easy information across systems across the many regions of Canada. That is why lawyers are leading the charge for a constitutional challenge to the bill.
At the heart of the debate is the alleged destruction of long-standing gun registry records. Believing that someone should be held accountable for acting lawlessly, the Criminal Lawyer’s Association is working, along with twelve provincial commissioners, and a Slip and fall lawyer Santa Ana, to hear evidentiary information about the impending case. The case will likely be on the docket for 2016, and even more likely be something that the Liberal government will have to clean up from their predecessors.
Behind the scenes, the Conservative officials, as far back as October of 2011, were attempted to override an investigation led by Ontario Provincial Police against the actions initiated by the RCMP. Now all are on deck to help repeal changes made to the law back as far as June that little were even aware of. That could resurface the investigation and add fuel to an already building firestorm.
Criminal law principles, going forward, would be significantly changed by an overhaul to the system. The retroactive legal rewriting of the formal government may really put the newly elected one in a preverbal “pickle”. As they mull over what to do, no one’s quite sure who is going to take the fall, or if anyone will.
The Long Gun Registry Act ended in April of 2012, but there was still a hefty criminal investigation underway. The problem is that when the law ended, the agreement was that the gun registry would remain long enough in the archives so any investigations could be completed.
Disregarding the agreement made with Legault, the government moved quickly to destroy the registries immediately, and to do away with any chance those investigating had at obtaining the information they needed to proceed.
When Legault was able to complete the case and went to the government to tell of her findings of wrongdoing, she was quickly stripped of her duties over the gun registry, any persons she implicated was cleared, and any attempts at a further probe into the case was shut down. Covering up the entire debacle, the Conservative government called the whole thing a “bureaucratic loophole” that stemmed from the original act in 2012 and chalked it up to nothing more than a “technical amendment.”
Never before has such cloudy practices been undertaken and swept under the rug. Making responsible people absolved from their own actions is not something that the Canadian courts are used to.
In recorded history, there has never been a systematic destruction of records without the knowledge of citizens and government combined, especially not when there is suspect of someone doing something unscrupulous. Even after brought to attention, nothing was done but an attempt to cover up getting to the heart of the truth.
If the new bill is upheld, it could mean the end of government agencies being allowed to access information across Canada going forward. That could halt the best efforts at keeping our country safe and honest.
That is why the challenge led by the Criminal Lawyers’ Association is so crucial to our future. Not wanting to set a precedence for the future, it should be that no one is exempt from wrongdoing, either by error or intentionally, There shouldn’t ever be a blanket okay for anyone, especially not those who rule over us.
Adding insult to injury, the Centre for Law and Democracy is also involved, saying that the retroactive changes made by the former government may break binding international laws set in place about the access to governmental documents, which Canadians are a party to.
You would think that it would near impossible for anyone to get away with hiding things in this technological age, but the truth is that many things are done without our knowledge. The reason this landmark case is so important is because if this wrong is not made right, it opens the door for more ominous behavior without consequence in our future.