May 28, 2013. Professor W. Michel Drapeau appears as a witness before the Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs to which was referred Bill C-15, An Act to Amend the National Defence Act and to make consequential amendments to other acts. The purpose of Bill C-15 is to bring improvements to the current National Defense Act. Admittedly, some provisions contained in Bill C-15 are welcome because they are truly designed to strengthen military justice. During his presentation, Professor Drapeau highlighted that Bill C-15 contains a number of provisions which are of no benefit to the military justice system, this includes: a) the unnecessary addition of a Deputy Chief Military Judge; b) the pointless creation of a Reserve Panel of Judges; c) the unwise removal of the Chief of the Defense Staff (CDS) from the CF Grievance System; d) the cosmetic rebranding of the CF Grievance Board; f) the unwarranted empowering of the Vice Chief of the Defense Staff (VCDS) to issue instructions or guidelines to the Military Police during the course of a specific investigation; and, the continuation of an ‘unconstitutional’ summary trial system.
See the transcript of the presentation: http://www.parl.gc.ca/content/sen/committee/411/LCJC/50188-E.HTM