LawFuel – It is almost inevitable that the new anti-terror law sought to be introduced by the Canadian government will face severe legal challenge.
The government wants the new law in force before Feb. 23. In 2006, the Supreme Court found that parts of the previous legislation dealing with the same issue violated the Charter of Rights. The court gave the government one year to fix the law, or see the current security certificates expire.
Under the old security-certificate legislation, suspected terrorists could be kept from seeing the evidence against them for reasons of national security. The new law permits to have an advocate to act on their behalf. Such advocates would be able to meet at length with suspects, and then see all the secret evidence against them. However, after the advocates have seen the evidence, their subsequent contact with the suspect would be severely limited.