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Supreme Court fires a volley across Bill C-30 (& Harper’s) bow.

Think this decision ruffled a few feathers in the Conservative government today?

The Supreme Court of Canada struck down Friday warrantless wiretap powers that police have in cases of emergency. The high court has given Parliament a year to re-write the law. Ruling in a 2006 British Columbia kidnapping case, the country’s top court said a 1993 provision of the Criminal Code is unconstitutional because there is no accountability or oversight for the warrantless searches, either to the person wiretapped or in reports to Parliament.

The unanimous ruling was written by rookie judges Michael Moldaver and Andromache Karakatsanis.

A unanimous ruling – that includes the new Supreme Court judges Harper appointed to the bench.

If this law doesn’t meet muster, how is the warrantless wiretapping provision in Bill-C30 – the on-line surveillance proposed legislation – going to pass muster?

You know now why Harper and the Conservatives don’t wish to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

You also know why Harper and company hate judges – even ones they appoint believe in following the rule of law.


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