Ottawa ordered to hand over gun registry data to Quebec as court rebukes Harper government
Posted by satyrikon στο Σεπτεμβρίου 10, 2012
A court delivered a stinging rebuke to the federal government over its plan to scrap the long-gun registry even if a province wants to keep it, with Monday’s verdict even singling out Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
The Quebec court accused the federal government of violating principles of Canadian federalism and its 42-page verdict cited the prime minister’s words as evidence of that improper behaviour.
The verdict gives the federal government 30 days to hand over the registry data for Quebec, which is the only province where the case applies. However, it’s likely just one more round in a broader legal battle. The issue is expected to wind up before the Supreme Court of Canada.
Within moments of Monday’s decision, the federal government all but announced plans to appeal.
Justice Marc-Andre Blanchard of the Quebec Superior Court had sided with the provincial government Monday and ordered the federal government to hand…
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