Thursday, September 20, 2007

Prof. Alan Young: Supreme Court of Canada Gives Carte Blanche to Police

Osgoode Hall Law School's outspoken law professor, Alan Young, is highly critical of of what he sees as the Supreme Court of Canada's continuing expansion of unchecked police search powers in Canada.

Writing in the Toronto's weekly Now Magazine, Young discusses the Court's approach to road-side spotchecks, and contends:

Like an old dog that cannot learn new tricks, the Supreme Court repeated its mistake this summer by giving its seal of approval to police roadblocks without setting any real limitations on the power.

... When a court grants carte blanche power to the police, it is effectively giving the police the tools to begin dismantling our Constitutional rights.

Unfortunately, the Supreme Court will probably not notice until a police roadblock is set up at the entrance to the courthouse parking lot.

- Garry J. Wise, Toronto

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