Correspondence With The Canada's Justice Minister

Christopher Rath

2008-09-06

Given that the Justice Minister has overall responsibility in Canada for the justice system, when provincial or municipal members of that justice system are not properly upholding their offices then it seems obvious to me that the guy at the top of the management chain must take responsibility for the misdeeds of those underlings. Instead of taking responsibility for his underlings actions, the reply from the Justice Minister's office indicates that he doesn't see his office has holding final responsibility for justice in Canada.

From: Christopher Rath < >
Sent: 06 September, 2008 09:57
To: Nicholson.R@parl.gc.ca <Nicholson.R@parl.gc.ca>
CC: Harper.S@parl.gc.ca <Harper.S@parl.gc.ca>; Galipeau.R@parl.gc.ca <Galipeau.R@parl.gc.ca>
Subject: Email to Justice Minister

Dear Minister of Justice,

Three news stories caught my attention this week; both of which concern your office:

  1. The two Toronto police officers who lied in court and then didn’t face any discipline (see http://network.nationalpost.com/np/blogs/toronto/archive/2008/09/05/tasered-man-jailed-in-excessive-force-case.aspx)
  2. The two Ontario OPP officers who did not have their cars impounded after driving more than 50 km/h over the speed limit (see http://www.cbc.ca/canada/toronto/story/2008/09/03/opp-streetracing.html)
  3. The RCMP were unable to determine who leaked the Maher Arar lies (see http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080903.warar0803/BNStory/National/)

All of these stories highlight the fact that here in Canada we operate under a double-standard: one for those in Public Office, and another for the rest of us. Those in power should be held to a higher standard than the rest of the population; not a lesser standard.

As a manager in the workplace, if I am perceived to have abused my authority then I am found guilty of committing a crime. When Public Officials abuse their authority then the “system” closes ranks and protects them. For my money, the Maher Arar leak is the worst of the three.

Please have your office take action to halt the continued growth of this double standard: when Public Officials break the law they must punished. Plus, those who close ranks and protect their colleagues should be included in that punishment. Until the justice system is actually applied fairly to everyone it is not rational to expect that anyone will abide by it.

An angry Canadian,
Christopher


From: Ministerial Correspondence Unit <MCU@JUSTICE.GC.CA>
Sent: 10 October, 2008 15:50
To: Christopher Rath < >
CC: Harper.S@parl.gc.ca <Harper.S@parl.gc.ca>; Galipeau.R@parl.gc.ca <Galipeau.R@parl.gc.ca>
Subject: Email to Justice Minister

Dear Mr. Rath:

On behalf of the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, I acknowledge receipt of your correspondence of September 6, 2008, concerning the criminal justice system.

Please be assured that your comments and concerns have been brought to the attention of the appropriate officials of the Department of Justice Canada.

In your letter you include links to three news articles, two of which refer to cases involving municipal and provincial police officers. It may be helpful for you to know that, while the Parliament of Canada is responsible for enacting criminal law, the administration of justice in a province, including the investigation and prosecution of criminal offences, is the responsibility of the provincial governments. Accordingly, you may wish to contact the Honourable Chris Bentley, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Ontario, and the Honourable Rick Bartolucci, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, concerning these cases at www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/contactus.asp and www.mcscs.jus.gov.on.ca/english/home/contact_us.html respectively.

The third news article concerns the RCMP’s investigation into the case of Maher Arar. As you may be aware, the RCMP is an agency of Public Safety Canada. I have therefore taken the liberty of forwarding a copy of your correspondence to the Minister of Public Safety for information and consideration.

Thank you for writing.

Yours sincerely,

L. Bisson
Manager
Ministerial Correspondence Unit

c.c.: Minister of Public Safety


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