Efforts to thwart public hearings into allegations that Canada knowingly transferred prisoners to likely torturers in Afghanistan were dealt another defeat yesterday by a federal court judge who denied the government’s application for an indefinite stay. “The last thing the government wants is military officers testifying publicly about Afghan detainees and the risk of torture,” said Paul Champ, the lawyer representing rights groups that filed the original complaint with the Military Police Complaints Commission…In asking the court for a stay, the government argued the MPCC probe would be a waste of public money should the commission ultimately be found to be acting beyond its mandate. The government said public hearings could result in damage to the reputation of military officers involved and that military secrets might spill. Madam Justice Anne Mactavish rejected all three claims, at times in language that bluntly rejected the government’s positions… Mr. Champ said “the court obviously viewed this as a tactic by the government to suppress information about a serious public issue.”
I believe Harper claimed back in 2005 or 2004 that Canadians need not worry about giving him a majority government, because the courts among other entities would keep him in check. He appears to have been correct (thankfully) in his assessment.