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Friday, March 4

Rule of Law in Canada Runs Amok

Is Canada getting ready to round up people?
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Canada's Immune System Runs Amok
By George Jonas
The National Post - Canada



I suspect 65-year-old Holocaust-denier Ernst Zundel dearly wishes he were a security threat. Unlike Federal Court Justice Pierre Blais, however, I don't think he is. I think the obnoxious pamphleteer is just a contemptible crank.

But whether Judge Blais was right or wrong last week when he found Zundel a security threat isn't the important issue. The important issue is what's happening to the rule of law in Canada.

Until recently, if the authorities believed that someone committed an offence, they could arrest him. If they were able to convince a court that he was dangerous or a flight risk, they could have the judge deny him bail. Prosecutors could hold an accused in custody until trial, then present whatever evidence they had in open court, and let the chips fall where they may.

What the authorities couldn't say was:

"Trust us, judge, he's a bad guy. Can't tell the public how we know, and we certainly can't let him test the evidence, but take our word for it."

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