Thank you, Chair.
I want to thank you all for coming today. I realize sometimes we have people coming on short notice.
Mr. Tinsley, your opening remarks reminded me of a speech-maker who said, “I have a long speech; I didn't have enough time to write a short one. If I had more time, I would have given a shorter one.”
You did a very good job, I must say, in outlining a strong argument against what you call turning back the clock, based on the submissions we've had from Chief Justice Lamer and Chief Justice Dickson and what was put into an agreement, a practice, that was given high regard by Mr. Justice Lamer when he talked about it.
This has been dismissed as just a policy, but it seems to me to be much stronger than that, particularly since Mr. Justice Lamer said it should be put in legislation.
Can you suggest circumstances under which this should be allowed to be interfered with? It's not as if this couldn't happen. When I was in Afghanistan a couple of years ago, while our defence committee was actually there, the commanding officer of all of our forces in Afghanistan was actually removed, sent home, and charged for conduct prejudicial to good order and discipline. Presumably that involved the military police and an investigation, which in theory under this legislation could have been halted, or stopped, or directed some other way. Do you find that possibility disturbing?